Safety and OSHA News

Should company pay for vocational rehab as part of workers’ comp benefits?

A workers’ comp judge said a company had to pay for vocational rehabilitation as part of its workers’ compensation coverage for an injured worker. The company appealed. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Employee committed insurance fraud: Why does he still get workers’ comp?

When an employee is convicted of insurance fraud in a workers’ comp case, he’s barred from receiving benefits, right? Not necessarily, as this case shows.  [Read more…]

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No one saw him fall, his story changes: Will he get workers’ comp?

Imagine this injury case: No one saw an employee’s fall. On top of that, some details of his story change over time. Is it worth contesting his workers’ comp claim?  [Read more…]

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Injury came from bending and twisting on the job: Why was he denied workers’ comp?

There’s no doubt that this employee was injured while working. Despite that, a court found the injury didn’t arise from an actual risk of employment. Here’s why:  [Read more…]

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Report: Workers’ comp costs fourth lowest since 1980

An annual report says workers’ compensation employer costs as a percentage of payroll declined in 2015.  [Read more…]

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Was fatal car crash exception to workers’ comp coming-and-going rule?

A manager was asked to travel to one of his employer’s locations outside of his regular shift to check on a problem. On the way there, he was involved in a car crash and died of his injuries. Should his dependents get workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Should employee get workers’ comp for trip-and-fall injury?

One argument for not awarding workers’ comp benefits is that the employee would have been at the same risk away from work – in other words, the risk wasn’t specific to the workplace. Was that the case here?  [Read more…]

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Should workers’ comp pay for med to counteract drowsiness from opioids?

An employee takes opioids for chronic back pain following a workplace injury. His doctor prescribed another drug to counteract drowsiness from taking opioids. Does workers’ comp have to pay for the second medication?  [Read more…]

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Employee settled comp claim then died; can his widow collect benefits?

An employee settled a workers’ comp claim with his employer for a lump sum and waived all future claims. Not long afterward he died from his injury, and his widow filed to collect death benefits, which the employer refused to pay. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Can worker sue his employer for loading dock injury?

Did this employer intentionally create a dangerous working condition that made the worker’s injuries “substantially certain” to occur?  [Read more…]

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