This week, we take a look at workers’ compensation cases that will have you saying, “Did they really think they were going to get away with that?”
Run Worker Run, but Not When You’re on WC—A Florida postal worker was out on WC for a back injury. According to reports, she was relieved of carrying a mail sack and put on light duty. However, that didn’t stop her from competing in the Boston Marathon!
WC Twist—It’s the Judge Who’s in Trouble—Media outlets report a WC judge in Oklahoma knew he was not being reappointed. Contemplating being out of work, he met with an attorney for lunch to negotiate a possible job at his firm. What’s wrong with that? The judge had just heard a case involving the attorney an hour or so before. The next day he found against the injured worker seeking WC for a work-related knee injury and for the client of his lunchtime companion.
Crime Doesn’t Pay—and Neither Does Publicity—When You Are on WC—This story is about an Ohio man who was receiving benefits for a prior workplace injury but also working as a used car salesman for a car dealership. Maybe he wanted to improve his sales, but it wasn’t the best idea for him to pose with the lot’s used car specials for a display ad in the Sunday newspaper’s auto section. Someone who recognized the worker contacted BWC Special Investigations Department (SID) with the allegation that the salesman in the photo was currently on WC.