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Sales clerk falls off ladder: Can she collect disability benefits?

A sales clerk was awarded disability benefits after falling off a ladder at work. The award was multiplied three times because she was unable to return to work and do the exact same job functions. But the store owner argued, even after the injury, she’d be able to do the essential functions of the job. How did the court rule?  [Read more…]

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$10 phone headset or $128K comp bill: Which would you rather pay?

If an employee requests a reasonably priced piece of equipment to improve ergonomic performance on their job, would your company easily grant it? Here’s one of those stories that should encourage such ergonomic spending.

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Did smoking or workplace mold cause employee’s lung disease?

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An employee says she should receive permanent disability benefits because mold at work was a significant factor in her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But she also smoked for 33 years. How did a court rule in this case?  [Read more…]

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Can she really just sit at home and collect comp?

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In some states, when workers are placed on permanent partial disability, it’s expected that injured employees will make a “good-faith effort” to find alternate employment they can perform. However, one state court just found a reason to overturn that 15-year precedent and allow a worker to keep collecting. [Read more…]

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