Safety and OSHA News

Did court order workers’ comp to pay for injured employee’s $37 lunch?

A claims administrator sent an injured employee 100 miles for a medical evaluation. He turned in a lunch expense for reimbursement – a $37 meal at an Outback Steakhouse. Did workers’ comp pay for the lunch?  [Read more…]

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Authorities: Man collected $684K in disability after work injury while still employed (video)

Investigators say an Ohio man committed workers’ comp fraud by working for over 20 years as a fireplace salesman while collecting benefits. The accused was caught because he called a state insurance office to ask a question about his benefits. His voicemail gave him away on a return call.  [Read more…]

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Employee’s account of injury doesn’t match what’s on video

At first, this employer paid an employee’s workers’ comp claim – doctors had diagnosed injuries. But after seeing a video of when the injury was alleged to have taken place, the employer changed its mind. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Employee strikes out a second time trying to get workers’ comp for softball injury

Other employees had received workers’ comp benefits for injuries they received while playing on this employer’s softball team. Why wasn’t that the case for this employee?  [Read more…]

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He claimed hearing loss after just two months on the job: What did a court think?

This employee suffered hearing loss because of years of working around loud equipment. He worked just two months for his last employer, then filed a workers’ comp claim for hearing damage. Did he receive benefits?  [Read more…]

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Didn’t report neck pain for 2 months: Will it be included in comp coverage?

Nobody questions that this employee was injured on the job. Although he reported injuries immediately afterward, he didn’t mention anything specifically about neck pain until two months later. Did he get comp coverage for the neck pain, too?  [Read more…]

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Not sure what she tripped over: Is this a compensable injury?

The employee in this case was injured while walking down a hallway. She fell when she tripped over something, but she’s not sure what made her fall. Is this a workers’ comp injury?  [Read more…]

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He waited 5 months to get medical treatment: Will workers’ comp pay?

An employee’s claim that he was injured months ago and waited to get treatment can often raise suspicions on whether the injury is really work-related. How did a court rule in this case?  [Read more…]

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She says she reported her work injury, bosses say she didn’t; does she get comp?

Did this employee injure her shoulder by lifting at work, or by tripping over her dog at home?  [Read more…]

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Should injured employee receive more workers’ comp for complex regional pain syndrome?

Here’s a classic case of what happens when doctors differ on the diagnosis of an injured employee in a workers’ comp case.  [Read more…]

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