Safety and OSHA News

Bragged about playing golf while on comp: Now he has to pay back $27K

Loose lips sink ships. In this case, bragging about how he would sink putts led to a criminal conviction for workers’ compensation fraud.  [Read more…]

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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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Doctors disagree on whether workers’ comp should pay for surgery: How did court rule?

A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) injured her neck while lifting a patient. Doctors recommended surgery and said workers’ comp should pay for it. But one doctor said the surgery wasn’t due to her work injury. How did a court rule?

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Fired for cause: Can she still collect workers’ comp?

An employee twisted her ankle at work. After that, she was fired for cause. Can she still receive temporary total disability (TTD) benefits under workers’ comp after she was fired?  [Read more…]

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Shooting victim’s physical wounds healed; workers’ comp for PTSD?

This motel worker was shot and severely injured. Doctors said he reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) for his physical wounds, but he continued to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Can he continue to receive workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Can he get workers’ comp after taking someone else’s pain pill?

This case provides a couple of lessons for employees. First, report an injury as soon as it happens. Second, don’t take someone else’s pain medication.  [Read more…]

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Did he report injury in time to get workers’ comp benefits?

Receiving workers’ comp benefits sometimes depends on when the injury was reported. But do workers know all the reasons why it’s important to report even minor injuries as quickly as possible? [Read more…]

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Doctors didn’t say she was totally disabled; judge says she is anyway

When it comes to deciding whether an injured employee should get temporary total disability payments from workers’ comp, just how much do doctors’ opinions matter? [Read more…]

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Ice cube horseplay causes injury: Does employee get workers’ comp?

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It started as innocent horseplay: Employees threw ice cubes at a co-worker. But the horseplay ended with an injury. Does the employee get workers’ comp benefits since he was injured at work? [Read more…]

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Did laid-off employees’ job hunt cancel his workers’ comp?

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If doctors declare an injured worker totally disabled, what happens if he looks for work while he’s waiting to see if he gets workers’ comp benefits? [Read more…]

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