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Connecticut: Benefits for Suicide Awarded under Chain-of-Causation Theory
Posted on 27 Dec 2021 by Thomas A. Robinson

Acknowledging that an employee’s death had resulted from acute intoxication, a Connecticut appellate court nevertheless held substantial evidence supported a finding that there was an unbroken chain-of-causation between the employee’s original... Read More

New Hampshire: High Court Says “Chain-of-Causation” Rule Applies to Suicide Claims
Posted on 27 Dec 2021 by Thomas A. Robinson

The Supreme Court of New Hampshire, in a case of first impression, held that the appropriate test to gauge the compensability of suicide claims should be the so-called “chain-of-causation.” In its ruling, the Court affirmed a ruling by the... Read More

Pennsylvania: Employee’s Suicide Was Compensable
Posted on 3 Aug 2021 by Thomas A. Robinson

A decision of Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board awarding death benefits to the surviving spouse and child of an employee who committed suicide was supported by substantial evidence in the record in spite of the fact that the... Read More

New York: Death Benefits Awarded in Spite of Worker's Suicide
Posted on 27 Aug 2020 by Thomas A. Robinson

A New York appellate court affirmed an award of death benefits to the widow of a workers who committed suicide some two years after he suffered a debilitating work-related injury to the head. The appellate court stressed that it was the Board's duty... Read More

New York: No Death Benefits Following Apparent Suicide by Police Officer
Posted on 19 Oct 2019 by Thomas A. Robinson

Substantial evidence supported a determination by New York’s Workers’ Compensation Board that a police officer’s death from what appeared to have been a self-inflicted gunshot wound was not a “line-of-duty” death, held a... Read More

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Going and Coming Rule as Tool, Not a Substantive Doctrine
Posted on 12 Apr 2013 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Going and Coming, Suicide, Causation, and Disqualification for Benefits. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation... Read More

Pennsylvania: Court Agrees That Worker’s Death Was Suicide, Not Unexplained Accident
Posted on 18 Jul 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

In an unpublished opinion, a Pennsylvania appellate court has affirmed a finding by the state’s Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board that found a worker’s death did not arise out of and in the course of the employment where shortly before... Read More

New York: Secretary’s PTSD Claim Connected With Patient’s Suicide Established Since She Was Not Mere Bystander
Posted on 3 Apr 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

A secretary at a medical facility, who claimed she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after she responded to the suicide of a patient, is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, held a New York court. Affirming a decision of the state... Read More

An Alarming Mortality and Morbidity Trend Among Middle-Aged White Non-Hispanic Americans Suggests Implications for Ability to Work
Posted on 3 Dec 2015 by Thomas A. Robinson

Despite strides in medical care, mortality/morbidity is rising among this important demographic due to drugs, alcohol, suicide, liver disease and cirrhosis According to a study recently released by two Princeton University economists, the broadly observed... Read More

Mississippi: Evidence That Worker Was Subject of Murder Investigation Insufficient to Establish His Injuries Were Self-Inflicted
Posted on 11 Apr 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

Evidence that an electrical line worker was under investigation for murder, that law enforcement officials had obtained a DNA sample from him a few days earlier, that he was not “acting as jovial as usual on the day of the accident,” that... Read More

Nebraska: Injured Employee’s Suicide Held to Be Willful Negligence Barring Recovery of Death Benefits
Posted on 10 Feb 2017 by Thomas A. Robinson

A Nebraska compensation court did not clearly err in determining that an injured employee’s death was the result of suicide, where evidence indicated that the employee had been distraught for several days prior to her death—she had been evicted... Read More

The Top 10 Bizarre Workers' Comp Cases for 2013
Posted on 2 Jan 2014 by Thomas A. Robinson

© Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. For reprint permission, contact Robin.E.Kobayashi@lexisnexis.com . During the past several Januarys, I’ve shared with readers my annual list of bizarre workers’ compensation cases for... Read More

The Top 10 Bizarre Workers’ Compensation Cases for 2015
Posted on 3 Jan 2016 by Thomas A. Robinson

Last November, I had the pleasure of speaking at the 24th Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference in Las Vegas. My session was a spin-off of what has become one of my most popular annual blog offerings—a presentation... Read More

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Claimant’s Right to Record Independent Medical Examination
Posted on 30 Nov 2012 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Independent Medical Examination, Intoxication, Intentional Tort, and Defense Base Act. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers'... Read More

The Defense of Intentional Self-Injury: Russian Roulette, Workplace Frustration, Accidental Drug Overdose, and More
Posted on 2 Mar 2012 by Larson's Spotlight

Rashness Versus Intention in Self-Injury Cases In a few cases, attempts have been made to invoke the intentional self-injury defense when, although the workers obviously did not really intend to harm themselves, their conduct was so rash that the defendants... Read More