Safety and OSHA News

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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Struck on bicycle commuting from one job site to another: Does she get comp?

An in-home caretaker was struck by a car while riding her bicycle from one client’s home to another’s. Her employer said the coming-and-going rule applied and she shouldn’t get workers’ comp. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Teacher assaulted by student gets workers’ comp; can he sue, too?

A teacher injured when he broke up a fight between two students sued his employer for negligence even though he received workers’ comp benefits. Did a court allow the lawsuit?  [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp insurance lapsed, employee injured: Can he sue company?

An employer accidentally let its workers’ comp insurance policy lapse, and it was temporarily canceled. During that time, an employee was seriously injured. Can the employee sue the company?  [Read more…]

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From name-calling to fistfight to injuries: Will he get workers’ comp?

It might be difficult to keep some hot-heads from getting into physical fights at work. But if a fight leads to an injury, do you have to pay workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Injured leaving union meeting: Can she get workers’ comp?

An employer provided a conference room for an after-work union meeting. An employee slipped and fell leaving the meeting. Can she get workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Can dead worker’s relatives sue employer for wrongful death?

It’s difficult for relatives of a deceased worker to sue an employer for wrongful death because workers’ comp is considered the “exclusive remedy.” But this state has an exception to that rule. Did this case fit the exception?  [Read more…]

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Injured worker reportedly did ‘donuts’ with forklift: Will he get workers’ comp?

A court considers whether “thrill seeking” on the job prohibits an injured employee from receiving workers’ comp benefits.  [Read more…]

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Does workers’ comp have to pay for new wheelchair-accessible van?

Lawrence Turner, permanently and totally disabled from a work-related injury, requested a new van to accommodate an electric wheelchair. His former employer, Southern Alloy & Metals denied the request. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Injured employee guilty of work-related crime: Is workers’ comp canceled?

In this case, the court had to decide what happens to workers’ comp benefits when an employee is later found to have broken the law at work.  [Read more…]

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