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Workers' Compensation

When workers are injured on the job, one of the major costs to the company is in workers’ compensation insurance. While injury prevention is one strategy to keep these costs down, watching out for fraud has to be (unfortunately) another.

Was worker’s meningitis death caused by exposure to bird droppings?

The family of a groundskeeper sought death benefits under workers’ comp following his death from meningitis, which they say came from exposure to bird droppings at work. Did the family receive benefits?  [Read more…]

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Can firefighter get workers comp for heart attack?

A firefighter had a heart attack and applied for workers’ comp benefits. His employer denied benefits because of his physical condition. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Temp worker injured, gets workers’ comp; can he sue, too?

When a temporary worker is injured, can he get workers’ comp from the agency and still sue the employer?  [Read more…]

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Employee falsified time sheet after injury: Does she get workers’ comp?

A payroll clerk submitted time sheets that said she worked when she didn’t. Does that negate her workers’ comp claim for a previous injury?  [Read more…]

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Was truck driver’s neck injury due to crash?

This employee applied for workers’ comp benefits for a neck injury. His employer said his neck problem was pre-existing and wasn’t due to work. Did he receive benefits?  [Read more…]

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Is workers’ comp withheld because of fraudulent Social Security number?

An undocumented immigrant admits she gave a fake Social Security number (SSN) on a form when she was injured at work. Will her workers’ comp benefits be withheld because of that?  [Read more…]

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Owners charged with comp fraud after worker’s serious injury

The owners of a Minnesota tree service were charged after they allegedly attempted to cheat the state’s insurance program following an incident that left an employee severely injured.  [Read more…]

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Cause of truck crash undetermined: Does he get workers’ comp?

An employee was involved in a truck crash while on his way from one assignment to another. The cause of the crash wasn’t determined. Did he get workers’ comp benefits for his injuries?  [Read more…]

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Struck by car walking to parking lot: Does she get comp?

It’s a classic conundrum: If an employee is injured walking to or from their car before or after work, is the injury eligible for workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Slipped and fell in icy parking lot; does workers’ comp cover his injury?

 

Employees of this business were allowed to park in another company’s lot. When an employee slipped and fell in that lot, were his injuries covered by workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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