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Former wrestlers sue WWE citing head injuries, lack of workers’ comp

A lawsuit on behalf of former wrestlers seeks damages from World Wresting Entertainment Inc. for head injuries. The wrestlers allege they were misclassified as independent contractors, so workers’ comp benefits weren’t available to them.  [Read more…]

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Can worker get psychiatric injury benefits for life-changing slip-and-fall?

A maintenance worker slipped and fell on a wet sidewalk. He suffered a fractured pelvis and several other injuries, and after three surgeries, he still had a lot of physical pain. He also suffered from depression and loss of sleep. Can he get additional workers’ comp benefits for psychiatric injuries?  [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp case focuses on who owns collapsed chair

An employee was eligible to receive workers’ comp for injuries he received when a chair he was sitting in collapsed. But he decided to take the case a step further, claiming the owner of the company was personally liable because the chair was the owner’s personal property. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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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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