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Could coronavirus lead to workers’ comp claims? Experts say ‘yes’

As the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak continues in the U.S., employers are being confronted with the possibility of facing workers’ comp claims from employees who either contracted the virus at work or during work-related travel.  [Read more…]

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Court: Employer must reimburse injured worker for medical weed

A New Jersey employer must reimburse an injured worker for medical marijuana, according to an appeals court decision.  [Read more…]

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Did work aggravate employee’s existing back injury?

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?  [Read more…]

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Family received comp for horrific death; can they also sue?

In the case of a “horrific industrial accident,” which OSHA says was caused by unguarded machinery and lack of lockout/tagout, a state supreme court has clarified when an exception to the exclusive remedy of workers’ compensation can be used.  [Read more…]

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Didn’t seek medical treatment immediately for work injury: Can she get comp?

An employee said she hurt her shoulder at work on her last day before a vacation. She went to a doctor after she got back. Did she get workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Was worker’s meningitis death caused by exposure to bird droppings?

The family of a groundskeeper sought death benefits under workers’ comp following his death from meningitis, which they say came from exposure to bird droppings at work. Did the family receive benefits?  [Read more…]

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Can firefighter get workers comp for heart attack?

A firefighter had a heart attack and applied for workers’ comp benefits. His employer denied benefits because of his physical condition. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Temp worker injured, gets workers’ comp; can he sue, too?

When a temporary worker is injured, can he get workers’ comp from the agency and still sue the employer?  [Read more…]

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Employee falsified time sheet after injury: Does she get workers’ comp?

A payroll clerk submitted time sheets that said she worked when she didn’t. Does that negate her workers’ comp claim for a previous injury?  [Read more…]

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Is workers’ comp withheld because of fraudulent Social Security number?

An undocumented immigrant admits she gave a fake Social Security number (SSN) on a form when she was injured at work. Will her workers’ comp benefits be withheld because of that?  [Read more…]

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