Safety and OSHA News

Did detached retina result from fall at work?

A greeter at a Wal-Mart fell and immediately suffered changed vision. He said the fall caused the retina to detach in one eye. However, he previously suffered a retina detachment in his other eye that wasn’t work related. Did he get workers’ comp benefits for the eye injury?  [Read more…]

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Worker injured by electrical shock; can he get comp benefits for depression too?

This employee received an electrical shock. There’s no question he suffered physical injuries. But did his depression result from the work injury, and is it compensable under workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Did court order workers’ comp to pay for injured employee’s $37 lunch?

A claims administrator sent an injured employee 100 miles for a medical evaluation. He turned in a lunch expense for reimbursement – a $37 meal at an Outback Steakhouse. Did workers’ comp pay for the lunch?  [Read more…]

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Not sure what she tripped over: Is this a compensable injury?

The employee in this case was injured while walking down a hallway. She fell when she tripped over something, but she’s not sure what made her fall. Is this a workers’ comp injury?  [Read more…]

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He waited 5 months to get medical treatment: Will workers’ comp pay?

An employee’s claim that he was injured months ago and waited to get treatment can often raise suspicions on whether the injury is really work-related. How did a court rule in this case?  [Read more…]

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She didn’t report injury for 5 days: Does she get workers’ comp?

Back injuries can be tricky. Pain doesn’t always show up right away. Does an employee have to report a suspected injury right away to get workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Was carpal tunnel caused by driving truck, extreme obesity or both?

A former truck driver was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Should he receive workers’ comp benefits? The question comes down to what caused his carpal tunnel: work or weighing 500 pounds?  [Read more…]

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Dental damage claim 3 years after workplace fall: Will comp cover it?

This employee was treated for injuries due to a workplace fall. Years afterward, she amended her claim for dental damage. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Court: No workers’ comp for employee who claims hostile work environment

A trainer at a customer call center says a hostile work environment caused her to develop hypertension, type 2 diabetes and stress. She filed for workers’ comp, and her claim was rejected. Why did a court say her injuries weren’t compensable?  [Read more…]

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Crashed car on way to drug test: Can he get workers’ comp?

A court had two decisions to make in this workers’ comp case: Is driving to a drug test in the course and scope of work? And did an overdose of a prescription medication cause a car crash?  [Read more…]

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