Safety and OSHA News

Employee settled comp claim then died; can his widow collect benefits?

An employee settled a workers’ comp claim with his employer for a lump sum and waived all future claims. Not long afterward he died from his injury, and his widow filed to collect death benefits, which the employer refused to pay. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Can worker sue his employer for loading dock injury?

Did this employer intentionally create a dangerous working condition that made the worker’s injuries “substantially certain” to occur?  [Read more…]

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Did worker give notice of his injury for workers’ comp?

In some states, workers’ compensation benefits can be withheld if employees don’t properly notify their employers about their injuries. Was that the case here?  [Read more…]

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Did strenuous work cause employee’s at-work, fatal heart attack?

Heart attacks can be covered by workers’ compensation insurance depending on the circumstances. Witness and expert medical testimony swayed the court in this case.  [Read more…]

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Was retiree’s hearing loss caused by work or hunting?

After retiring, Steven Bell filed for workers’ comp for hearing loss. Records showed he’d suffered hearing loss before he started working for Goodyear Tire & Rubber. Bell was also an occasional hunter. Was his hearing loss work-related and would he get workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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No one saw fall that eventually killed worker: Can his widow get workers’ comp?

An employee fell off a ladder and died of complications several days later. No one saw the fall, and the employee didn’t report it. Can his widow receive workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Employee injured during training: Can she get workers’ comp?

An employer argued a worker’s injury during training was cumulative, therefore not eligible for workers’ comp. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Injured worker waited over an hour for drug test, none provided: Can he get comp?

The employer in this case said an injured worker refused a drug and alcohol test after an injury. The worker, who had yet to receive treatment for back pain, waited 90 minutes for people qualified to give the test before he left for the hospital. Can he get workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Pre-cancerous skin lesions caused by outdoor work? Comp hangs in the balance

A deputy sheriff who spends 70% of his employment time outdoors developed a pre-cancerous skin condition. His employer denied his workers’ comp claim. How did a court rule?  [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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