A piece of concrete block fell down an elevator shaft from the 14th floor of a building to the basement, striking an elevator mechanic on the head. Is a masonry company at fault, and will an OSHA fine stick?
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?
A man became essentially blind in one eye. Could he safely become an FBI Special Agent? The case was heard before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
An employee had two previous surgeries for herniated discs, neither one caused by work. Years later he injured his back again, this time on the job. Will workers’ comp pay for this injury?
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?
A company argues an OSHA fine should be thrown out because of unpreventable employee misconduct. How did a court rule?
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?
A state workers’ compensation law requires employees to give proper notice of a workplace injury to employers to receive benefits. The question in this case: Did a series of communications between employee and employer add up to proper notice?
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?
Action recently taken by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) changes when companies have to extend light duty work to pregnant workers. An important consideration: whether light duty is extended to injured workers.
An employee injured her neck at work. A doctor said she could return to work without restrictions. The employee quoted another doctor who recommended restrictions. She quit and filed for workers’ comp. Did she get benefits?
A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) injured her neck while lifting a patient. Doctors recommended surgery and said workers’ comp should pay for it. But one doctor said the surgery wasn’t due to her work injury. How did a court rule?
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?
Workers’ comp disability payments to an employee injured in a work-related truck crash were cut off. Does he have to “re-prove” his injuries for the payments to continue?
A Wal-Mart loss prevention employee chased a shoplifter, and in the process, a co-worker was knocked over and killed. Is Wal-Mart liable for the employee’s death? How did employee training factor into this case?
A former U.S. Postal Service employee was recently convicted of conducting a 15-year workers’ comp fraud scheme. The jury determined she fraudulently collected more than $429,000 in federal disability benefits since September 2001.
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