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?
An employee twisted her ankle at work, fell and fractured a bone. It’s the sort of injury she could have suffered at home. Does the injury qualify for workers’ comp benefits?
“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.
A New Jersey state appeals court has upheld a record $30.3 million jury award in an asbestos-related mesothelioma lawsuit. The case is also noteworthy because of the test recognized by the court for a mesothelioma case.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts ordered two companies operating a behavioral health facility to pay OSHA $30,515 in attorney’s fees after failing to comply with a subpoena for documents. UHS of Fuller Inc. and UHS of Delaware Inc. failed to provide documents and evidence requested by OSHA as part of 2019 […]
Marijuana legalization, medical and otherwise, is a tricky area for employers in the U.S., filled with ambiguities from state to state and even on the federal level. That’s also true for legal products derived from cannabis. A May 13 court decision involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an employee taking a legal cannabis product […]
This case provides a reminder that if something at work worsens an employee’s pre-existing condition, the employer may be on the hook to provide workers’ comp benefits. This includes all sorts of injuries, including mental ones.
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.
Dealing with workers’ comp is frustrating enough. But losing a case over a technicality is even more so.
A restaurant cook was taking a smoke break when he was bitten by a co-worker’s dog. The restaurant denied the cook’s workers’ comp claim. How did a court rule in this case?
An airport worker fell and injured his leg as he was walking through the terminal after clocking out for the day. Can he collect benefits even though the fall technically occurred after hours? Felix Aquino was a baggage handler for American Airlines at the company’s Miami airport terminal. He clocked out for the day on […]
An employee hurt his back at work and was placed on light duty. After working light duty for several days, the employee decided he needed to see a doctor for back pain. The company fired the worker, saying he violated policy by not notifying management first before seeking medical treatment for a workplace injury.
An injured worker can receive workers’ compensation benefits despite the fact that her injury was completely unexplainable, according to a May 25, 2022, appeals court decision. The Arkansas Court of Appeals found the worker’s unexplained ankle injury was not caused by any prior health problems, and since it happened at work, was compensable. Ankle popped […]
Two state laws seem to conflict about employees’ right to sue their employer over exposure to toxic chemicals.
Can an injured worker hold their employer liable after tripping over a plastic tarp while painting? A New York appeals court said no, but not without dissent from two judges on the five-judge panel. While the majority found the tarp didn’t qualify as a foreign substance under state’s labor law, two judges felt the tarp […]
An injured bus attendant can’t get enhanced workers’ compensation benefits after failing to prove his employer violated a specific safety requirement related to the incident. The Ohio Court of Appeals found the safety requirement the bus attendant referred to – which required audible or visual warning devices on motor vehicles – was specific to workshops […]
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