An employee who had provided documents to show that he could work in the U.S. was injured on the job. After he applied for workers’ comp, it was revealed the documents were fakes. Would he still receive benefits?
A truck driver had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. One day while securing a load of steel coils on his truck, he felt chest pains. He was diagnosed as having suffered a heart attack. Will he get workers’ comp? [Read more…]
An employee was injured trying to rescue another worker. His employer says he shouldn’t get workers’ comp because attempting a rescue wasn’t part of his work duties. How did a court rule?
A worker engaged in horseplay that was specifically prohibited in his employee handbook. He was injured and applied for workers’ comp benefits. Did a court grant them?
The family of a worker who died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs filed for workers’ comp death benefits, arguing that the drugs were prescribed for a work injury. Did a court grant the benefits? [Read more…]
Two new reports suggest that changes in state workers’ comp laws could be having an unintended consequence: an increase in occupational injuries. Is the mantra “safety saves money” behind all this? [Read more…]
A company used two arguments to deny workers’ comp to an injured, undocumented worker: He can’t work legally in the U.S., and he lied to get the job. How did a court rule?
Just how far do workers’ comp benefits extend? What if something prescribed by a doctor would help the injured worker indirectly? [Read more…]
How much of an employee’s injury was caused at work, and how much of it was due to his diabetes? The answer to that question will help determine how much he receives in workers’ comp. [Read more…]
A state supreme court recently issued opinions in two workers’ comp cases involving employees who were injured when they tripped and fell at work. One opinion contains a clarification of the so-called “idiopathic exception” to workers’ compensation. [Read more…]