An employee reported each morning to his employer’s central office. From there, he spent most of the rest of his workday going from one customer location to another. One morning, he crashed a company vehicle on his way to the office. Will he get workers’ comp benefits?
Workers' Compensation Decisions
As a safety pro, you try to cover angle when it comes to addressing hazards, such as the all too common slip, strip and fall. But what if you dot every “i” and cross every “t” and someone still falls and gets hurt? Take a Feb. 21, 2022, workers’ compensation decision from the Florida Court […]
The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered a trial court to take another look at a case involving a police officer who died while saving a drowning child. Whether he was in the course and scope of his employment at the time will determine if his widow gets workers’ comp death benefits.
A maintenance man was fined $5,600 when two handymen he hired violated OSHA regs. OSHA claimed the maintenance guy was their employer, so he was responsible. The maintenance man appealed, saying the two men were hired contractors. What did the court say?
Experts say with more obese adults in the U.S., workplace injuries are likely to increase. However, obesity itself is sometimes the sole cause of an injury. Which one happened in this case?
Just how far will some employees go to get workers’ comp payments?
All sorts of factors can come into play when determining whether workers’ comp payments can stop. These two recent cases address the question. One is called a “highly unusual situation” by the deciding court. The other is “an issue of first impression” for its state.
An employee fractured her ankle on stairs at work and filed for workers’ comp. Is this a compensable injury?
Some state workers’ compensation laws require employees to give notice of a workplace injury within a certain time period to get benefits. How does that work when the injury is ergonomic?
A hospital employee was injured while driving home after being called into work to assist with emergency surgery. Does she get workers’ comp?
A new study reveals which size companies and what industries are more likely to under-report worker injuries. The study also points out how this impacts efforts to reduce worker injuries at all sorts of companies.
Two recent New York workers’ compensation cases illustrate what courts look at to differentiate legitimate repetitive stress injuries from those that fall short of qualifying for benefits. Repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, can be difficult for courts to sort out since they occur over a long period of time and from specific […]
If an employee is killed in a crash on their way to an employer-sponsored class, is their spouse entitled to benefits through workers’ compensation? Yes, if the employer derives a special benefit from the employee’s activities. In Lewis v. LexaMar Corp., the Michigan Supreme Court reversed a Dec. 17, 2020, appeals court decision that denied […]
Update: A police officer’s widow in New Mexico will receive workers’ comp death benefits even though he died while he wasn’t officially on duty.
In a state where medical marijuana is legal, a recent court decision has reinforced a previous one regarding pot prescriptions under workers’ comp.
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