Here are a few of the weirdest workers’ compensation stories we’ve covered here at HR Strange but True!
Facebook Shows WC Recipient Feeling No Pain While Partying—You’d think workers would know better than to post pictures of themselves partying on Facebook when they are petitioning for more workers’ comp (WC) benefits. But an Arkansas WC recipient looked like he was in “no pain” in party pictures posted on social media—just when he was asking for more benefits because of continued “excruciating pain.”
Too Many Checks Cook Chef’s Goose—It must be easy to get a chef’s job in Akron, Ohio. A chef in that city was supposedly injured on the job in a restaurant and began collecting WC while he recovered. Well, he recovered enough to get jobs at two other restaurants.
Appearing on Reality Show Not Work, Says Star on Workers’ Comp—Jimmy Smith, a star of the History Channel reality show Ax Men, may not think appearing on TV is work, but the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) thinks it is. L&I has charged him with accepting permanent disability payments while able to work with tools and logs on the show, but he says he’s not guilty.
Man Attacked by Bear Admits to Smoking Pot, Still Gets Workers’ Comp—The Supreme Court of Montana recently ruled that a park worker who was mauled by a bear is entitled to workers’ comp. What makes this case strange? The man admits to smoking marijuana the day of the attack.
Have you worked in a weird workplace? Tell us the strangest thing you’ve seen.