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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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Worker rejects light duty assignment: Can she still collect benefits?

A juvenile justice officer rejected a light duty assignment after a shoulder injury. Her employer said too bad and ended her salary continuation benefits. How did the court decide? [Read more…]

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Does drug dealing disqualify him from receiving workers’ comp?

To continue receiving workers’ comp benefits, an injured employee said he hadn’t received any income during a particular period. Well, at least he didn’t earn any income legally … [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp fraud: Employee could go to jail for 20 years

A former Postal worker could spend 20 years in prison for workers’ comp fraud. That sounds like a long sentence, but it’s less than the 25 years prosecutors say he’s been defrauding the government. [Read more…]

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Should undocumented immigrants be eligible for workers’ comp? Another state weighs in

Slowly but surely, state courts are addressing whether employees who aren’t eligible to work legally in this country should be eligible for workers’ comp when injured on the job. Yet another state now has a precedent-setting case. [Read more…]

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Was employee’s hernia work-related if it happened at home?

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An employee suffered a hernia at home but claimed it was work-related. Did he get workers’ comp benefits? [Read more…]

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Worker delayed injury report, says it happened right before vacation

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When workers don’t report injuries right away and then apply for workers’ comp benefits, it often raises a red flag. With conflicting testimony, these cases often come down to which side the court finds more believable. [Read more…]

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Employee injured at work before shift: Did he get comp?

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For purposes of workers’ comp benefits, just what constitutes an injury “arising out of and in the course of employment”? A court recently issued an interesting interpretation of that phrase. [Read more…]

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