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Insurance Journal - Texas Mutual Insurance Co. reported that a Travis County district court sentenced Terrance Hopkins of Tyler on workers’ compensation fraud-related charges. The court sentenced Hopkins to one year of deferred adjudication and ordered him to pay $3,673 in restitution to Texas Mutual. Hopkins reported a job-related injury while working as a teacher for Bayes Achievement Center in Huntsville. He claimed he was unable to work as a result of the injury, and Texas Mutual began paying income benefits to him.Meanwhile, Texas Mutual uncovered evidence that Hopkins was working as a junior college coach while receiving income benefits due to his alleged disability. Investigators call this type of scam double-dipping because the claimant collects benefits for being too injured to work when he or she is, in fact, gainfully employed.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
WSMV - One person has been seriously injured after an explosion and fire at a Shelbyville plant on Monday. Tanks containing fuel exploded at the Southern Energy Co. facility on Lane Parkway around 10:30 a.m. Sheriff Randall Boyce said he heard "a really loud boom" and came outside of his office and saw "a black plume of smoke, maybe 30 to 40 feet up in the air." Vanderbilt University Medical Center confirmed that one person was brought to the hospital by LifeFlight, but the hospital did not release his name or condition. At best guess, somehow a big rig offloading a chemical to a tank behind the building sparked the flames and, soon, a set of explosions.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
SF Gate - The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that a West Liberty woman, an immigrant from Mexico who stayed in the United States after her visa had expired, is entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits for a work-related injury. The case involves Pascuala Jiminez, who came to the United States in 1991 and had a visa for 10 years. She remained after it had expired and continued to work. She had lived in West Liberty for 19 years. Jiminez worked for the Chicago-based temporary employment agency, Staff Management, and was assigned to the Proctor & Gamble plant in Iowa City where she packaged shampoo and prepared boxes and pallets for shipping.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
FOX News - Two workers have died and 20 others have been injured after a mining accident in southwestern Colorado early Sunday. Authorities confirmed Sunday night that the two miners died of carbon monoxide poisoning and the source of the gas was under investigation. KDVR, citing the Colorado Mine Safety and Health Administration, reported that the gases were released following an incident involving explosives at the Revenue-Virginius mine, about seven miles south of the town of Ouray. The deceased miners were identified by county officials as Nick Cappanno, 34, and Rick Williams, 59.
Monday, November 18, 2013 - Tawana Brown of Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) must repay more than $8,000 after she was discovered working at several area dry cleaners while receiving workers’ comp benefits, and attempting to collect a lump sum settlement from BWC. SID received an allegation through the Fraud Hotline that Brown may have been working for Avon Cleaners in Cleveland while receiving temporary total disability payments. The investigation confirmed Brown had worked at both Avon Cleaners and Kingsbury Cleaners in Shaker Heights. Brown had returned to work as a shirt press operation, the same job she was doing at the time of her injury. She was also in the process of attempting to receive a lump sum settlement from BWC after claiming to have minimal use of her hand.
Monday, November 11, 2013
FOX 8 Cleveland - Incredible surveillance video, seen First on FOX 8, shows a forklift, with a man behind the wheel, going up in flames.“The explosion engulfs the whole area,” Richard Wilson of Matrix Tool and Machine, a business across the street, said. Officials tell us the man was transporting machinery to Burton Industries in Mentor at 8:45, Thursday morning. He made a right-hand turn into the driveway of the company; that’s when witnesses said a propane tank fell off the vehicle and the forklift rolls over the tank. Seconds later, there’s a fiery explosion. The driver quickly walks away and you can see white smoke coming from his body.Chris Burton of Burton Industries talks about how he reacted to the explosion.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Reuters - A south Texas cemetery worker was killed when a tombstone weighing more than a ton fell on him when he was trying to level the tilted slab, police said on Thursday. The 64-year-old man was using a jack and a wooden plank to adjust a 5-foot-high (150-cm) stone that weighed between 2,000 to 4,000 pounds (900 to 1,800 kgs) at the cemetery in Edinburg, Oscar Trevino, a local police lieutenant, told Reuters. "He died from internal injuries due to major, crushing chest trauma," Trevino said, quoting a preliminary autopsy report.
Friday, November 08, 2013
Ohio BWC - A Parma Heights (Cuyahoga County) man was sentenced and repaid more than $19,000 to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) for working while receiving workers’ comp benefits. Harry Livingston pleaded guilty Oct. 31 to one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a fifth-degree felony.“Mr. Livingston returned to work as a dump truck driver while receiving temporary total disability benefits,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “His dishonest actions were brought to our attention through an anonymous tip. We welcome the public’s help in protecting the State Insurance Fund, so we may use that money to care for injured workers who truly need it.” BWC’s Northeast Regional Special Investigations Department (SID) began investigating Livingston after receiving an allegation that Livingston was driving a dump truck.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
WKMG - A man and woman were injured Tuesday on a cruise ship docked at Port Canaveral, officials said. A trauma alert was issued for a man who apparently suffered a neck injury aboard the Norwegian Breakaway, and a woman in her 70s suffered some type of fracture, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue. Port authority said the man, who worked on the ship, was in his late-20s and that something fell on his head while at sea, injuring his neck. He was airlifted to Holmes Regional Medical Center.The woman is in stable condition, according to authorities. Norwegian Cruise line officials say the two injuries were unrelated. Passengers say the boat has some slippery areas but they don’t think that the high surf played a factor in the injuries.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
MSN - Australia’s highest court on Wednesday denied workers’ compensation to a government employee who was injured while having sex in a motel room during a business trip. The 4-2 decision from the High Court said the woman’s employer did not induce or encourage her to participate in the sex, so the federal government’s insurer, Comcare, was not liable to compensate her. A lower court had said the woman was injured in the course of her employment and should be compensated. The High Court’s ruling is final and could have ramifications for other federal employees who claim compensation for unconventional work-related mishaps. The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was a federal civil servant in her 30s when she was hospitalized for the injury in 2007. She and a man were having sex in her motel room when a glass light fixture above the bed fell onto her face, injuring her nose and mouth. She later suffered depression and was unable to continue working for the government. Comcare initially approved her claim for workers’ compensation, but rejected it after further investigation.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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