Lottery Post - Two New Jersey Lottery employees allegedly sickened by moldy Superstorm Sandy-damaged scratch-off tickets are looking to be compensated for some unlucky circumstances. The employees, who filed workers compensation claims, were exposed to approximately 400,000 stinky lottery tickets for more than six months in a warehouse at the state lottery headquarters in Lawrence and were asked to audit the tickets by their superiors. An account of the conditions from one warehouse employee was reported shortly before the tickets were removed on May 9.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
The Californian - A 52-year-old Greenfield woman was sentenced to three years probation and 90 days in jail for making a false workers compensation claim, according to a release from the Monterey County District Attorneys Office. Ema Pantoja pleaded guilty on April 30 after claiming for three years shed extensively damaged her wrist while working at Scheid Vineyards in January 2007. Over the course of several years, Pantoja was examined by a number of doctors and testified under oath concerning her physical limitations. Continuing to receive treatment through May 2010, Pantoja told doctors she had not driven since her injury, but video surveillance captured her engaged in activities inconsistent with her testimony.
Monday, July 01, 2013
ABC News - A South Texas police officer had to deal with some unexpected monkey business as he wrote a speeding ticket. A pet monkey bit Aransas Pass Officer Keith Moore on the hand in an attack captured on videotape. KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi reported Thursday that Moore had a video camera on his glasses during the traffic stop. Moore is seen handing the driver something to sign when a monkey leaps from the back seat, bares its teeth and bites the officers right hand.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Insurance Journal - A Port Authority police officer has been charged with insurance fraud for claiming he was disabled while moonlighting in a rock band. Authorities say Christopher Inserra defrauded the AFLAC insurance company and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. According to an indictment unsealed Monday, the alleged fraud occurred between June 2010 and March 2012. The indictment says Inserra reported a debilitating injury while on duty to “the lower bicep and elbow region of his right arm.” But authorities say he regularly performed with the band.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Bloomberg - U.S. Supreme Court put new limits on lawsuits claiming on-the-job harassment, throwing out a case filed by a black catering worker who said a colleague slapped her and used racial epithets. The justices, voting 5-4, said the alleged harasser didnt qualify as Maetta Vances supervisor, a status that would make it easier for the worker at Muncie, Indiana-based Ball State University to win her case. In a second 5-4 ruling, the court made it harder for workers to win claims that their employer retaliated against them for complaining about discrimination.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Washington Post - Four workers were hurt, three critically, after a barn frame collapsed Saturday at an $80 million Texas A&M University equestrian complex thats under construction. The collapse happened on university property about a mile from the main campus, Texas A&M spokesman Lane Stephenson said. College Station and Bryan fire departments, campus police and Texas A&M emergency medical personnel all responded to the accident, which happened shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday. The accident involved an approximately 300-foot barn, according to the College Station Fire Department.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Risk & Insurance - A pizza delivery driver was returning to the restaurant from delivering a pizza when he heard a commotion coming from the front of the restaurant. He saw a man being chased out of the door and happened to step in the way. The man struck him, and the two had a scuffle. The driver had difficulty breathing after the incident. He was diagnosed with a small puncture wound to the left side of his chest and a collapsed lung. He continued to have pain in his chest and difficulty lifting his arm above chest level. The driver sought workers compensation benefits. The Iowa Court of Appeals held that he was entitled to benefits.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
FOX News - The governments program for disability benefits for federal workers is rife with waste and abuse, according to a three part series in the Washington Examiner. The series documents many cases of apparently healthy young federal workers feasting at the disability trough. One ran marathons while collecting disability. Another hauled in $142,000 in disability payments for a neck injury all while buying a boat called "Free Ride," travelling the world, doing trapeze flips on a Club Med vacation and enjoying snow skiing and scuba diving. "For some workers, they can actually make more take-home pay by going on disability than they could if they stayed on the job, " says Mark Flatten, an investigative reporter for the Examiner.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
New Philadelphia Times Reporter - A Dennison man has been convicted of workers compensation fraud after he was found working while receiving workplace injury benefits. Steven Gooding pleaded guilty to the crime and was ordered to repay the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation more than $22,000. BWCs Special Investigations Department in Cambridge received an allegation from a managed care organization indicating Gooding may be working a part-time job while receiving temporary total disability compensation for a workplace injury.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
NBC News - A morning explosion and fire at a Louisiana chemical plant Thursday has drawn emergency response, and authorities say more than two dozen people could have been injured in the blast. The explosion took place at Williams Chemical Plant in Ascension Parish, Louisiana State Police said, and a fire after the explosion appeared to be contained in the plant. Twenty-five people sustained unspecified injuries, said Paige Hargrove, executive director of the Louisiana Emergency Response Network. There are no confirmed fatalities and no official count on the injured, said Jared Sadifer, a state police spokesman.
Friday, June 14, 2013