Safety and OSHA News

Was employee doctor shopping for opioids? Court decides workers’ comp case

This injured worker left the care of his pain management doctor after having a disagreement about the amount of opioids he was taking. Can the worker get a new doctor under workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Did injured worker prove employer violated safety reg and get additional comp benefits?

An employee says his employer could have taken steps to prevent his injury, therefore he deserves additional workers’ comp benefits. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Fatal heart attack under stressful work conditions: Will widow get comp benefits?

One question would determine whether an employee’s widow would receive workers’ comp benefits for her husband’s on-the-job heart attack.  [Read more…]

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Employee suffers stroke at work: Workers’ comp or lawsuit?

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A worker sued his employer for failure to help him while he was suffering a stroke at work. The employer says this should be a workers’ comp case. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Injured worker thrown from wheelchair during treatment: Additional comp benefits?

When an injured worker visits a medical facility for treatment, they’re supposed to get better. That wasn’t the case here, and now the injured worker wants more workers’ comp benefits.  [Read more…]

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Can injured worker refuse this light duty job?

This injured worker’s employer offered her a light-duty job. The worker refused the offer because it was at a different location and it would be difficult for her to get to work. After refusing the offer, would she still get workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Did injury leave worker without use of his hands?

An electric shock caused this worker to lose one finger and part of a thumb, and also caused nerve damage. For workers’ comp purposes, did this amount to loss of use of both of his hands?  [Read more…]

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Could workers’ comp be denied because employee didn’t report specific injury?

This employee reported a workplace injury on the day it happened. The next day, he felt pain in another part of his body. Was failure to mention the newer pain enough to deny some of his workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Should workers’ comp benefits be reduced because worker didn’t wear PPE?

The question the court had to decide in this case: Did the worker intentionally not wear his PPE?  [Read more…]

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Did mold exposure create a compensable injury under workers’ comp?

There’s no question this former employee was exposed to mold at work. After the exposure, she developed an inflammatory illness that can affect the lungs. Did workers’ comp cover her condition?  [Read more…]

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