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Court rules in favor of prisoner in workers’ compensation case

When a person is hurt on the job in the Los Angeles area, a lot of things can happen. A company can simply comply with workers' compensation laws and regulations and make sure that the injured employee is compensated fairly. On the other hand, an employer or insurance company could fight the process and attempt to avoid paying compensation.

A court has ruled that a man who was hurt on the job is eligible for workers’ compensation even though officials claimed that he got hurt on purpose in order to avoid a criminal investigation. The man was later convicted of manslaughter and is now serving a 12-year sentence for the crime. However, before being convicted, the man was shocked by power lines and lost his hands while doing utility work.

compensation and it has ordered the Workers’ Compensation Commission to decide exactly what the man’s benefits should be. The man claims that he became stuck in the lines after reaching for a knife that he had dropped. The court ruled that there was no proof that the man intentionally grabbed the power lines.

There are many different work injury scenarios, but no matter the situation, when a person is hurt on the job he or she should be fairly compensated. Even though officials argued that he had purposely hurt himself, the court still ruled in his favor. If you have been injured on the job and are having a difficult time collecting workers’ compensation, then you might want to seriously consider speaking with an attorney.

Source: Insurance Journal, “Prisoners entitled to workers' compensation benefits, Mississippi High Court rules,” Jack Elliot Jr., Apr. 8, 2014.

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