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When can you stop paying workers’ comp?

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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.  [Read more…]

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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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Will company have to pay more for workers’ comp 9 years later?

An example of how tricky back injuries can be: A worker injured his back in 2005. A court had to determine if his current pain is related to the incident nine years ago.

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He wants to go back to work, doctor won’t let him: Does he get comp?

An employee convinces one doctor to release him to go back to work after a foot injury. But another doctor says there’s no way he should return to his job. Should the employee continue to get total temporary disability benefits under workers’ comp? 

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Court makes it easier to prove retaliation in workers’ comp cases

An employee on light duty was fired when the company owner thought he was goofing off. The employee filed a lawsuit charging this was retaliation after he filed a workers’ comp claim. This case brought about a major change in workers’ comp law.  [Read more…]

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Drunk, injured on beach: Does workers’ comp cover that?

An insurance claims adjuster, traveling to assess hurricane damage, was found drunk and intoxicated on the beach. He says because he was a traveling employee, he deserves workers’ comp benefits for his injuries.

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He wanted workers comp but refused drug test: Can they fire him?

An employee was told since he wanted to file for workers’ comp, he had to take a drug test. He refused, and the company fired him. Was the firing retaliation for filing for workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Can he get workers’ comp after taking someone else’s pain pill?

This case provides a couple of lessons for employees. First, report an injury as soon as it happens. Second, don’t take someone else’s pain medication.  [Read more…]

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