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Did employee forfeit his workers’ comp by having other income?

While on workers’ comp, this employee sold $1,355 worth of scrap metal. Did he violate the terms of workers’ comp by having another source of income?  [Read more…]

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Judge says workers’ comp must pay for medical marijuana

Add a fourth state to the list of places where a court has ordered workers’ comp insurance to pay for medical marijuana for an injured worker.  [Read more…]

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Positive drug test wasn’t cause of injury: What happens to workers’ comp?

After suffering a workplace injury, an employee tested positive for marijuana. The company admits drug use wasn’t the cause of the injury. Can the company deny workers’ comp to the employee?  [Read more…]

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Was at-work heart attack caused by job exertion?

Doctors for a worker’s estate and his employer disagreed on whether work exertion led to his death. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Top workers’ comp cases of 2016 Part 2: Unique circumstances

When it comes to these 2016 workers’ comp cases, the old saying, “You can’t make this stuff up” comes to mind.  [Read more…]

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Top workers’ comp cases of 2016 Part 1: The issues

With a mix of brand new, evolving and old issues, here are 10 workers’ comp cases from 2016 that show the questions courts have faced in the last 12 months on who gets to participate in the system known as the grand bargain:  [Read more…]

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Was employee’s hearing loss caused by work or medical conditions?

This employee worked in a noisy environment for 17 years. He used hearing protection consistently for just five of those years. A doctor said there were other reasons for the worker’s hearing loss. Did he get workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Big drop in number of Texas companies opting out of workers’ comp

Texas is the only state that allows companies to opt out of the “grand bargain,” i.e. workers’ comp. In the last two years, the number of Texas companies that opt out has dropped significantly. Why?  [Read more…]

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Can worker receive smaller comp payments because he’s undocumented?

In 2009, Tennessee amended its workers’ comp law to limit the benefits undocumented workers can receive. Did that provision hold up under court review?  [Read more…]

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Did mining company know rock burst and injuries were likely to occur?

Four injured workers sued this company, claiming it knew they were likely to be injured and that workers’ comp shouldn’t be their exclusive remedy. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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