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.
Workers' Compensation Decisions
An employee suffers the amputation of his hand at work. But before he can receive any compensation for his injury, courts have to untangle some details, particularly because this happened in the only U.S. state where employers are allowed to opt out of workers’ comp insurance.
A retired employee wants workers’ comp benefits for hearing loss due to workplace noise exposure decades ago. How can you tell if that’s the cause, or if it’s normal hearing loss due to age?
A workers’ compensation trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience representing companies including Alcoa, United Airlines and Bethlehem Steel predicts that the number of workers’ comp claims will double within 10 years due to three major trends.
An insurance company isn’t having any luck appealing an Australian decision to award workers’ comp benefits to a woman who was injured while having sex on a business trip.
A prison sergeant injured himself doing jumping jacks at home. He argued it was part of his regular program to stay in good physical shape for his job. The sergeant got workers’ comp because legal precedent involving other law enforcement officers was on his side.
Ah, team building! Getting to know your co-workers better! Establishing working relationships! Then, someone has to go and ruin it all by getting hurt during laser tag.
State-by-state, appeals courts across the country are having to deal with this question: Does workers’ comp extend to undocumented workers? In this recent case, lawyers arguing for the company focused on one particular aspect to make their case against benefits.
Want fewer injuries at work? Perhaps your company should encourage employees to join weight loss and exercise programs.
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“I’m in excruciating pain,” the injured employee seeking workers’ comp benefits said. “So, how do you explain these photos on Facebook?” his employer wanted to know.
How do you deal with a suspicion that a worker is abusing drugs or alcohol without running afoul of the law?
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