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Employee said she was squeezed like a jelly donut by elevator doors: Workers’ comp?

An employee says she was injured while entering an elevator when its doors closed unexpectedly. Will she get workers’ comp? Let’s go to the (surveillance) tape!  [Read more…]

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No one saw fall that eventually killed worker: Can his widow get workers’ comp?

An employee fell off a ladder and died of complications several days later. No one saw the fall, and the employee didn’t report it. Can his widow receive workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Employee on vacation kayaking while on workers’ comp: Now he faces fraud charges

Authorities have arrested a psychiatric center employee on charges he defrauded the workers’ compensation system while kayaking on a Caribbean vacation.  [Read more…]

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Was getting hit in groin by golf club an injury covered exclusively by workers’ comp?

You’d want to sue your boss, too, if he hit you in the groin with a golf club and your testicle had to be surgically removed. The question in this case is whether a court will allow the lawsuit after the employee received workers’ comp benefits for the injury.  [Read more…]

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Does drug dealing disqualify injured worker from receiving comp benefits?

A court recently decided whether an injured worker’s drug dealing would bring an end to his workers’ comp benefits.  [Read more…]

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Can workers’ comp be denied for NOT taking painkillers?

Drug tests showed an injured worker wasn’t taking his prescribed pain-management medication. His former employer argued that should disqualify him from receiving workers’ comp benefits. Did the company win?  [Read more…]

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When does worker have to give notice about ergonomic injury to get comp?

Some state workers’ compensation laws require employees to give notice of a workplace injury within a certain time period to get benefits. How does that work when the injury is ergonomic?  [Read more…]

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Injured on lunch break: Does employee get workers’ comp?

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An employee was on an allowed lunch break. When he went just across the street from where he was working to eat his sandwich, he was injured. Should he get workers’ comp benefits? [Read more…]

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13 people arrested for workers’ comp fraud

No doubt about it: There’s workers’ comp fraud out there. But comp cheats do get caught. [Read more…]

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Why one employee got banned from workers’ comp — for life

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Workers’ comp laws in some states do contain provisions to discourage employees from trying to cheat the system. Here’s one example: [Read more…]

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