Safety and OSHA News

Injured falling down stairs: Does this qualify for workers’ comp benefits?

What happens when no one witnessed an injury and the injured worker doesn’t remember it?  [Read more…]

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Killed in company vehicle crash on the way home: Does widow get death benefits?

An estimator, who traveled as part of his job, died when his work vehicle was involved in a crash on the way home. During the commute, he talked to his boss on the phone. Did his widow get workers’ comp death benefits?  [Read more…]

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No relief after wrist surgery: Can injured employee get more comp benefits?

This office worker was already receiving workers’ comp benefits for a wrist injury. Then she had surgery, but her condition didn’t improve. Can she get additional comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Worker tripped on sidewalk while going to lunch: Did she get workers’ comp?

This employee’s injury occurred during her scheduled lunch break. Did a court grant her request for workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Court rules injured contract workers entitled to $2.5M in civil damages from employer

An appeals court recently upheld a decision that two contract agricultural employees were entitled to $2.5 million in civil damages from the sugarcane farm where they were working.  [Read more…]

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Does workers’ comp cover weight-loss program so employee can have back surgery?

An employee injured her back at work. A neurosurgeon recommended back surgery but told the worker she had to lose 90 pounds before he’d operate. Does workers’ comp have to cover a weight-loss program?  [Read more…]

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Will widow get death benefits after day laborer killed her husband?

An administrative law judge ruled Juan Cuen Amavizca’s widow should receive workers’ comp death benefits after her husband was killed by a day laborer. Did an appeals court uphold the ALJ’s ruling?  [Read more…]

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Subcontractor didn’t have workers’ comp insurance: Is general contractor responsible?

Six employees were injured at a construction site. The general contractor found out the subcontractor that employed the injured workers didn’t have workers’ comp insurance. Did the injured workers get benefits from the general contractor’s policy?  [Read more…]

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Worker blinded in screwdriver attack – will he get workers’ comp?

A former co-worker stabbed a rest area overnight attendant in the face, permanently blinding him. He applied for workers’ comp benefits, but his employer denied the claim, arguing the assault didn’t arise out of employment. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Was company held liable for not using AED during worker’s heart attack?

An employee had a heart attack at work. The facility had an automated external defibrillator (AED) on site, but no one used it to help the employee. Did a court approve the employee’s request for workers’ comp benefits?   [Read more…]

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