Safety and OSHA News

Did undocumented employee face retaliation for workers’ comp claim?

An undocumented immigrant was placed on unpaid leave after filing a workers’ comp claim. The worker sued, claiming placing him on leave was retaliation for filing the claim. What did the court say?  [Read more…]

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Employee doesn’t remember fall, no one saw it: Can he get comp?

An employee apparently fell from the third floor of a building onto the ground, suffering multiple injuries. He applied for workers’ comp, but his employer said he didn’t prove his injury was in the course of his employment. Did a court grant the employee workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Did worker give enough notice of injury to qualify for workers’ comp?

An employee says he told his employer he hurt his back at work. The owner of the company says he doesn’t remember the conversation. Does the employee qualify for workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Worker dies from on-job heart attack: Should widow get comp?

A worker had a heart attack during a particularly stressful day at work and died a week later. His widow applied for workers’ comp benefits, and the company denied them. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Doctors disagree on whether workers’ comp should pay for surgery: How did court rule?

A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) injured her neck while lifting a patient. Doctors recommended surgery and said workers’ comp should pay for it. But one doctor said the surgery wasn’t due to her work injury. How did a court rule?

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Did violating medical restrictions cause injury? Court says …

A field superintendent injured his bad left knee and filed for temporary total disability benefits. The Workers’ Compensation Commission said he was injured because he ignored his doctor’s advice. What did the appeals court say?  [Read more…]

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Hemorrhage while taking out the trash: Can family collect death benefits?

A dishwasher suffered a pulmonary hemorrhage and died while taking out the trash at a California restaurant. The restaurant argued there was no evidence his hemorrhage was work-related. How did the court decide?

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Dad witnesses son’s workplace death: Suit barred by workers’ comp?

A construction worker was struck in the head by the bucket of a track hoe. His father, working at the same site, rushed to administer first aid to his son. His son died, and now the father is suing the employer. Does workers’ comp bar this lawsuit?

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Did dust and mold at work cause asthma? Can employee get workers’ comp?

A worker says when her employer moved her work space to the basement of a building, she developed disabling asthma from poor indoor air quality. Can she get workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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‘Their last moments were awful:’ $3.37M verdict upheld in confined space deaths

“Pain, increasing shortness of breath, increasing fear, increasing terror, and awareness of impending death.” That’s how a medical expert described the asphyxiation deaths of two workers at a commercial laundry. Now a court has upheld an almost $3.37 million award to the families of the two victims.  [Read more…]

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