Imagine this: A worker is injured and returns to light duty work. After a while he says he “can’t stand it anymore” and asks to be laid off. Then he turns around and applies for full workers’ comp benefits. Did he get them?
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If an employee requests a reasonably priced piece of equipment to improve ergonomic performance on their job, would your company easily grant it? Here’s one of those stories that should encourage such ergonomic spending.
A former executive assistant at a Detroit law group has filed a lawsuit alleging, because of a Mad Men like atmosphere, she was required to wear high heels which caused her to trip and injure her back. She sued after the firm didn’t provide her with a job after medical leave.
No one is questioning that this worker developed occupational asthma from exposure to a chemical in floor wax. The question is how long her workers’ comp benefits should last.
A newspaper has investigated reports about working conditions at an Amazon.com warehouse that serves one-third of the country. Employee claims point to extreme indoor heat, closed doors when it was hot, work rates that couldn’t be sustained and firing threats when workers couldn’t keep up in the heat.
Dealing with workers’ comp is frustrating enough. But losing a case over a technicality is even more so.
A construction worker was half buried in concrete but survived thanks to a 90-minute rescue conducted by first responders.
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.
A former Federal Express courier claims he developed a heart condition and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from work. FedEx says neither one should be covered under workers’ comp. How did a court rule?
In some states, when workers are placed on permanent partial disability, it’s expected that injured employees will make a “good-faith effort” to find alternate employment they can perform. However, one state court just found a reason to overturn that 15-year precedent and allow a worker to keep collecting.
In 2009, Tennessee amended its workers’ comp law to limit the benefits undocumented workers can receive. Did that provision hold up under court review?
When do workers get to choose their own doctors following a workplace injury? That’s the issue in this case in which a car part fell on a worker’s head.
A company tried to argue that it didn’t owe workers’ comp benefits to an undocumented worker. Why did a court disagree with the company’s position?
Retail giant Wal-Mart appears to be out $10 million in connection with a serious injury suffered by a truck driver who was making a delivery to one of the chain’s stores in northern Colorado.
Receiving workers’ comp benefits sometimes depends on when the injury was reported. But do workers know all the reasons why it’s important to report even minor injuries as quickly as possible?
It’s an all-too-common situation: An employee slips and falls in an employee parking lot. His injury keeps him out of work for a few months. Did he qualify for workers’ comp benefits?
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