A worker had a heart attack during a particularly stressful day at work and died a week later. His widow applied for workers’ comp benefits, and the company denied them. How did a court rule?
An employee was injured at work. At first his injury seemed minor. But as time passed, his condition grew more serious. He didn’t tell his employer about the incident until he needed to see a medical specialist.
No doubt part of your job as a safety manager is to avoid lost-time injuries. But the object is to do that before an injury occurs. This company landed in court because of what a safety manager is alleged to have done after an employee was injured.
A maintenance worker was caught smoking pot on the job. His employer fired him, but an arbitrator said he should get a six-month suspension without pay instead. The employer appealed. At issue before the state’s supreme court: Is this worker’s job “safety sensitive”?
This employee’s injury occurred during her scheduled lunch break. Did a court grant her request for workers’ comp benefits?
Saying that he posed a “direct threat” based on safety, a company withdrew a job offer to an oil rig worker because he didn’t have vision in one eye. Now a court has ruled in favor of the worker.
After a 20-year career, a responder to traffic crashes applied for workers’ compensation benefits due to mental injury caused by witnessing horrific car crashes. Her employer denied the claim, saying her experience was no different from other employees doing the same job. How did a court rule?
An employer accidentally let its workers’ comp insurance policy lapse, and it was temporarily canceled. During that time, an employee was seriously injured. Can the employee sue the company?
For a moment, think of some potential causes of workplace injuries that would qualify for workers’ comp benefits. We bet opening a door wasn’t high on your list — in fact, it probably didn’t make your list at all.
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