Investigators say an Ohio man committed workers’ comp fraud by working for over 20 years as a fireplace salesman while collecting benefits. The accused was caught because he called a state insurance office to ask a question about his benefits. His voicemail gave him away on a return call.
Drug tests showed an injured worker wasn’t taking his prescribed pain-management medication. His former employer argued that should disqualify him from receiving workers’ comp benefits. Did the company win?
Here’s proof that workplace injuries happen in the service industry, too. And those injuries can lead to workers’ comp claims.
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?
Marijuana is still illegal under federal law. But a state court has told an employer and an insurance company to cover an injured worker’s medical marijuana.
Courts are forcing companies to pay workers’ comp death benefits to families of injured employees whose addiction and death resulted from opioids prescribed for work injuries.
Many of us in the U.S. will be glad to see winter go away and take with it snow and ice – seasonal causes of slips and falls. In this case, a trucker slipped on ice and hurt his back. Was his inability to work due to that or a previous injury?
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?
His doctor said an employee’s frequent lifting at work aggravated a pre-existing back injury. Did a court agree and award workers’ comp benefits?
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?
An employee says he was discriminated against because of a disability. His employer says an analysis showed he couldn’t do the job safely. How did a court rule?
Workers’ compensation benefits sometimes include payment for medical equipment for the injured employee. In this case, the equipment in question is a walk-in bathtub.
An employee injured her back at work. A neurosurgeon recommended back surgery but told the worker she had to lose 90 pounds before he’d operate. Does workers’ comp have to cover a weight-loss program?
An employee’s doctor says she suffered a workplace injury. The insurance company’s doctor says she didn’t. Who will the court believe, and will the employee get workers’ comp? There’s a lesson in this one for all employers.
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?
Authorities have arrested a psychiatric center employee on charges he defrauded the workers’ compensation system while kayaking on a Caribbean vacation.
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