Strange Approved Workers Compensation Claims


Has anyone told you that you will never know unless you ask? The following stories will leave you scratching head and wondering why you didn’t start your own claim. Our workers compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach aren’t miracle workers, but sometimes having an attorney with over 40 years of experience can work in your favour. Our workers compensation attorneys are so familiar with the rules and regulations surrounding workers compensation claims that we have a boastful success rate. We can do it all. From denied claims to appeals processes, having our attorneys by your side can be the difference between getting some bills paid and all of them paid.

In the past 40 years, we have come across some strange and unique claims. However, our purpose is to make sure that you are protected. Here are some strange claims that were inevitably approved:

  • Drinking Poison On The Job: A woman working at Arby’s was taking her break when she reached for her what she thought was her cup for a drink. She picked up another cup and drank the contents. Typically when accidents like that happen, the person may be surprised by drinking sprite instead of water or something like that. Unfortunately, for this woman, she drank lye. The chemical burned her throat resulting in third-degree burns. When paramedics arrived they discovered the chemical and it was reported to the employer. Her claim was approved.
  • A woman working for a clothing company was working from home at her designated “home office” when she tripped and fell breaking her wrist while walking out to get more materials from her garage. Her attorneys were able to convince the insurance company that because it was her home office it is considered a workplace matter.
  • A man working at Circuit City responded to a female co-worker when she asked him to help her break free chips that were stuck in a vending machine. The initial shake didn’t work. He then decided to hockey check the machine. In doing so he fell back and fractured his hip. The company fought against the claim, but he was able to fight back with the “personal comfort doctrine”. This doctrine states that at work employees actions are covered if they are related to personal comforts like eating or using the restroom. However, the court surprised by applying the good Samaritan doctrine instead. Because he was helping a coworker and the company did not fix the vending machine which had a persistent problem, the court ruled in favour of the man with the fractured hip.

As you can see, there are many twists and turns to a workers compensation claim. A good attorney is there to protect the client. We are here to fight for you. Hiring a workers compensation lawyer will improve your chances and provide the insight you didn’t know existed. Call 818-609-7005 or click here to start a conversation with our workers compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach today.

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