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Employer rolls workers’ comp dice–and wins!

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

A Texas employer has “won” a case that shows why going without ­workers’ compensation insurance can be expensive even in the best of circumstances. It persuaded a Texas appeals court that an accident—not negligence—caused a nurse’s injury, but only after spending thousands of dollars to defend itself.

Recent case: Nurse Mary Hafer­kamp injured herself while assisting a nursing home resident. Be­­cause the nursing home chose not to participate in the Texas workers’ compensation program, Haferkamp had to sue for negligence to pursue compensation.

But a court determined that the in­­jury really was an accident, so she did not recover anything for the in­­jury. (Haferkamp v. SSC Waco, No. 10-10-00171, Court of Appeals of Texas, 10th District, 2012)

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Brent McGillis July 13, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Workers Compensation as a system is fatally broken. It is a system that is run by Bankster type crooks, and does little if nothing to help seriously injured workers. It is time that this ancient and failed system is given its proper burial and a system that is run by the employees themselves is instituted for the medical health of the seriously injured workers.
We have to do it for Judicial fairness, and we have to do it for the Health of our workforce at large.
It is time to stop hiding behind antiquated Legal Tools that discriminate against the seriously injured worker and subject him to torture tactics at the hands of sociopathic phsycho’s with NO human feelings or tendencies.
Stop the WAR on Workers, and stop abusing them!

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