Safety and OSHA News

2 fingers amputated: Can he get workers’ comp for total loss of hand?

Does the amputation of two fingers and part of a third equal the total loss of the use of a hand? The answer to that question determined what workers’ comp benefits this employee would receive.  [Read more…]

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Traveling employee faints, is injured while driving: Can she get workers’ comp?

Employees usually don’t receive workers’ comp benefits for injuries suffered while traveling. But what if the nature of the job itself requires travel from one place to another?  [Read more…]

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He accidentally killed co-worker: Workers’ comp for PTSD?

A forklift driver ran over a co-worker. The co-worker died, and the forklift driver was denied workers’ comp for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp: Is an inadequate urine sample a refusal to take drug test?

This company argued its injured worker shouldn’t receive workers’ comp benefits because of an inadequate urine sample during a drug test. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Worker contracts West Nile: Did mosquito bite happen at work?

Does a company have to pay workers’ comp benefits to an employee who contracted West Nile virus? How do you prove whether a mosquito bite happened at work?  [Read more…]

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Pigeon droppings caused disease, worker’s widow gets comp

A state court has upheld a ruling that exposure to pigeon droppings at his workplace was the major cause of a disease that led to a worker’s death, therefore his widow gets workers’ comp benefits.  [Read more…]

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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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