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Was truck driver’s heart attack work-related? Will he get comp?

A truck driver had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. One day while securing a load of steel coils on his truck, he felt chest pains. He was diagnosed as having suffered a heart attack. Will he get workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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‘Good Samaritan’ worker injured in rescue attempt: Does he get comp?

An employee was injured trying to rescue another worker. His employer says he shouldn’t get workers’ comp because attempting a rescue wasn’t part of his work duties. How did a court rule?

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Worker injured during horseplay: Should he get workers’ comp?

A worker engaged in horseplay that was specifically prohibited in his employee handbook. He was injured and applied for workers’ comp benefits. Did a court grant them?

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Widow wants death benefits because husband died of drug overdose

The family of a worker who died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs filed for workers’ comp death benefits, arguing that the drugs were prescribed for a work injury. Did a court grant the benefits?  [Read more…]

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Is the mantra ‘safety saves money’ causing more injuries?

Two new reports suggest that changes in state workers’ comp laws could be having an unintended consequence: an increase in occupational injuries. Is the mantra “safety saves money” behind all this? [Read more…]

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Employee lied to get job: Can company deny his workers’ comp claim?

A company used two arguments to deny workers’ comp to an injured, undocumented worker: He can’t work legally in the U.S., and he lied to get the job. How did a court rule?

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Should workers’ comp pay for counseling for injured worker’s wife?

Just how far do workers’ comp benefits extend? What if something prescribed by a doctor would help the injured worker indirectly? [Read more…]

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How did worker’s diabetes affect this workers’ comp case?

How much of an employee’s injury was caused at work, and how much of it was due to his diabetes? The answer to that question will help determine how much he receives in workers’ comp.   [Read more…]

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Are trip-and-fall injuries eligible for workers’ comp?

A state supreme court recently issued opinions in two workers’ comp cases involving employees who were injured when they tripped and fell at work. One opinion contains a clarification of the so-called “idiopathic exception” to workers’ compensation.  [Read more…]

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Employee beheaded at work: Widower to get workers’ comp benefits

The husband of a woman beheaded at work by a former co-worker will receive survivor’s benefits under workers’ comp, following a judge’s approval.  [Read more…]

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