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New Jersey Court Affirms Death Benefits Award for Pulmonary Embolism Caused by Unusual Level of Inactivity

Introduction When my mentor, Arthur Larson, finished the first edition of his oft-cited treatise on workers' compensation law nearly sixty years ago, the "typical" American worker spent his or her work day in a factory, mill, or on a construction site. Much has changed. The Larson "Treatise"...

Larson’s Spotlight: Top 10 Cases for 2011 That You Should Know About

It’s time to look back on the past year’s top cases to help us identify possible national trends. While many of these cases are state decisions, there are far reaching implications to be found in each of them. Here’s our selection for the top 10 workers’ comp cases that you should...

An Embolism, an Appendix and Dr. Bandera in Delaware

I always look for the "funky" cases. You may recall when I offered y'all a salute to "defecation syncope". Good times, those were.....In checking out the latest releases from the Delaware IAB, I stumbled across a couple of little diamonds in the rough. Something different, something...

An Embolism, an Appendix and Dr. Bandera in Delaware

I always look for the "funky" cases. You may recall when I offered y'all a salute to "defecation syncope". Good times, those were.....In checking out the latest releases from the Delaware IAB, I stumbled across a couple of little diamonds in the rough. Something different, something...

New Jersey: State High Court Says Telecommuter's Death Was Not Causally Related to Her Work

The Supreme Court of New Jersey reversed an award of workers' compensation death benefits to the surviving spouse of an employee who died as a result of an embolism she suffered after working through the night on a work-related project at her home. The deceased employee, who had a telecommuting agreement...

New York: Fatal Embolism Found Compensable as Unexplained Death Under § 21(1)

A New York court affirmed a decision of the Workers’ Compensation Board that decedent’s death arose out of and in the course of his employment where the decedent collapsed and died while working as a dispatcher. Security videotape taken of the dispatch office on the night of decedent’s...