Bizarre Worker’s Comp Cases . . . Once in a while some unusual cautionary tales highlight the consequences of unsafe behavior. For example, the “Top 10 Bizarre Worker’s Comp Cases” from the editors of Larson’s Worker’s Compensation includes the story of a 21-year-old man who was awarded benefits for the results of practicing chivalrous behavior.
Apparently the young hero came to the rescue of a female co-worker when he attempted to dislodge a “stuck” bag of Fritos she had purchased from a company vending machine. His “shoulder block” to the machine resulted in a neck-bone fracture. (No one knows if the damsel in distress ever received the Fritos.) Another case involved a compensation reward to a sufferer of COPD (a respiratory disorder) when his co-worker’s perfume aggravated his condition.