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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?  [Read more…]

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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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Dad witnesses son’s workplace death: Suit barred by workers’ comp?

A construction worker was struck in the head by the bucket of a track hoe. His father, working at the same site, rushed to administer first aid to his son. His son died, and now the father is suing the employer. Does workers’ comp bar this lawsuit?

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Did dust and mold at work cause asthma? Can employee get workers’ comp?

A worker says when her employer moved her work space to the basement of a building, she developed disabling asthma from poor indoor air quality. Can she get workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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‘Their last moments were awful:’ $3.37M verdict upheld in confined space deaths

“Pain, increasing shortness of breath, increasing fear, increasing terror, and awareness of impending death.” That’s how a medical expert described the asphyxiation deaths of two workers at a commercial laundry. Now a court has upheld an almost $3.37 million award to the families of the two victims.  [Read more…]

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Did work aggravate a pre-existing condition? Should he get workers’ comp?

According to his doctor, work aggravated a pre-existing condition that this employee had, causing him serious neck pain. The company saw this differently and contested his workers’ comp claim. What was the outcome?

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Can UPS driver sue, on top of workers’ comp, for lifting injury?

A UPS driver received workers’ comp benefits for an injury he suffered from lifting a heavy box that he says wasn’t marked with the correct weight. Can he sue the customer who sent the box, too?  [Read more…]

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Crashed car on way to drug test: Can he get workers’ comp?

A court had two decisions to make in this workers’ comp case: Is driving to a drug test in the course and scope of work? And did an overdose of a prescription medication cause a car crash?  [Read more…]

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Was employee’s fatal heart attack caused by unusual exertion and stress?

A towing company manager suffered a heart attack and died while attempting to extricate a truck from a culvert well below the surface of a highway. His widow was denied workers’ compensation death benefits. How did a court rule on her appeal?  [Read more…]

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