Safety and OSHA News

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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When can you stop paying workers’ comp?

All sorts of factors can come into play when determining whether workers’ comp payments can stop. These two recent cases address the question. One is called a “highly unusual situation” by the deciding court. The other is “an issue of first impression” for its state.

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Shooting victim’s physical wounds healed; workers’ comp for PTSD?

This motel worker was shot and severely injured. Doctors said he reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) for his physical wounds, but he continued to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Can he continue to receive workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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He did what to try to get workers’ comp?

Some employees will go to great lengths to fake an injury and claim workers’ comp. In this case, the worker even damaged company property in his effort.  [Read more…]

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Did workplace head injury cause aneurysm 5 months later?

A worker was injured when he was hit on the head with a heavy object. Five months later he required emergency surgery for an aneurysm. Were the two events related? Would the worker receive permanent and total disability benefits?  [Read more…]

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