An Illinois appeals court has reversed a jury’s $30.4 million award to an employee at a flavoring plant where diacetyl was used. The question: When did the worker first know that his breathing problems could have been caused by his workplace?
A maintenance worker put in 14+ hours one day at work, which included using a jackhammer for hours. He died on the job of a heart attack. His widow wants workers’ comp death benefits. His employer denied her claim. Why did a court conclude his death was compensable?
A trainer at a customer call center says a hostile work environment caused her to develop hypertension, type 2 diabetes and stress. She filed for workers’ comp, and her claim was rejected. Why did a court say her injuries weren’t compensable?
The good news: An estimated 553,000 workers’ lives have been saved since the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The bad news …
This state requires employees to file for workers’ comp benefits within one year from when they knew or should have known an injury resulted from occupational disease. When exactly does that clock start ticking?
Probably most of us have had a foot blister due to a pair of shoes that didn’t fit quite right. This employee says his steel-toed boots, required at work, led to a costly medical problem. Did he get workers’ comp for the injury?
It can be difficult to determine whether work caused an employee’s injury for things like back strain. This case involves a blood clot. Did the employee get workers’ comp?
There’s no question this former employee was exposed to mold at work. After the exposure, she developed an inflammatory illness that can affect the lungs. Did workers’ comp cover her condition?
An employee was exposed to harmful dust at work due to an inadequate ventilation system. He had also been a smoker for many years — from one to four packs per day. Can he get workers’ comp for his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?
An employee says she should receive permanent disability benefits because mold at work was a significant factor in her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But she also smoked for 33 years. How did a court rule in this case?
Heart attacks can be covered by workers’ compensation insurance depending on the circumstances. Witness and expert medical testimony swayed the court in this case.
An injured employee sought permanent disability benefits under workers’ comp. Just three weeks after filing, she suffered a debilitating stroke. Did the company still have to pay her workers’ comp?
It can be tricky to determine if a breathing problem is caused by work, particularly when workers’ comp benefits hang in the balance. In this case, cleaning chemicals were in question.
A decision by a judge in Colorado highlights a hazard faced by workers in the oil and gas industries, and that more efforts are needed to protect these workers from potential death.
After getting a ticket for alleged distracted driving while talking on a cell phone, this Connecticut resident went to court and was able to get his ticket thrown out by arguing that he was actually eating a hash brown at the time.
Sixteen states now have medical marijuana laws. A Wal-Mart employee, fired after a positive post-injury drug test for marijuana, says his dismissal violated one of those state laws.
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