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Doctor clears her for work, but she refuses to go back: Can she get workers’ comp?

An employee injured her neck at work. A doctor said she could return to work without restrictions. The employee quoted another doctor who recommended restrictions. She quit and filed for workers’ comp. Did she get benefits?  [Read more…]

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Should long-term opioid painkillers be covered under workers’ comp?

An employee injured his back 13 years ago. A pain medicine specialist says opiate medications reduce his pain, improve his quality of life and overall function. His former employer’s insurance company doesn’t want to continue to pay because he’s reached maximum medical improvement. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Court says workers’ comp covers medical marijuana

Marijuana is still illegal under federal law. But a state court has told an employer and an insurance company to cover an injured worker’s medical marijuana.  [Read more…]

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He wants to go back to work, doctor won’t let him: Does he get comp?

An employee convinces one doctor to release him to go back to work after a foot injury. But another doctor says there’s no way he should return to his job. Should the employee continue to get total temporary disability benefits under workers’ comp? 

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How do you know back injury happened on-the-job?

An employee reported a back injury from lifting a box. When he was awarded workers’ comp benefits, the company said there was no proof the injury occurred on the job. [Read more…]

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