Safety and OSHA News

Can seasonal employee get workers’ comp for carpal tunnel?

Soon, if not already, thousands of people in the U.S. will enter the workforce or add part-time jobs during the holiday season. If seasonal employees develop carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), are they covered by workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Is worker totally disabled because of injuries and depression?

No one disputes this waitress suffered work injuries. But her former employer argued she wasn’t permanently and totally disabled because of her physical injuries and related depression.  [Read more…]

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Worker witnessed numerous gruesome deaths at her job: Comp for mental injury?

After a 20-year career, a responder to traffic crashes applied for workers’ compensation benefits due to mental injury caused by witnessing horrific car crashes. Her employer denied the claim, saying her experience was no different from other employees doing the same job. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Job required sitting for hours in one spot: Is blood clot covered by workers’ comp?

A technician spent 10 hours working on a cell tower, sitting on a small pipe with his legs wrapped around it to secure him. The worker developed a pulmonary embolism which doctors say was likely caused by extended periods of sitting. Was this injury covered by workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Does psychological pain caused by workplace injury qualify for workers’ comp?

An employee was injured in a work-related car crash. He suffered substantial physical injuries and was awarded workers’ comp. Should he also receive comp for psychological injuries due to the life-changing crash?  [Read more…]

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Injured playing laser tag at employee event: Does he get workers’ comp?

Employees who are injured during “voluntary recreational programs” are exempt from workers’ comp coverage under this state’s law. The question in this case: Was this particular laser tag game really voluntary?

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Brawl over water bottle: Court says firing not retaliation for workers’ comp claim

Lobby video shows a hotel manager escalated an incident with a man who complained that a vending machine gave him the wrong drink. Shouting turned into a physical fight, injuring the manager who filed for comp, then was fired. Was the firing justified, or was it retaliation for filing the comp claim?

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Court throws out 180-day provision for cumulative trauma injury benefits

A state supreme court has ruled that a portion of a workers’ compensation law that required 180 days of continuous work for a cumulative-trauma injury claim is unconstitutional.  [Read more…]

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Stabbed in work parking lot by ex-husband: Does she get workers’ comp?

A worker’s ex-husband stabbed her while she was in the parking lot of her workplace. She had a restraining order against her ex, but a receptionist had let him know where the woman was. Should this injury be covered by workers’ comp?

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Police chief accidentally shot during handgun safety training: Does he get comp?

A town’s police chief suffered a gunshot wound to his hand during an outreach class he conducted on handgun safety. There have been questions on whether this was part of his official duties. Did he get workers’ comp?

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