Law Office Of William F. Underwood - November 2017

WILD Workers’ Comp Claims Workplace injuries from faulty factory equipment or electrocution from exposed wires are common. But have you heard of scorching your insides by accidentally drinking an unlabeled cup of lye? Here are a few workers’ compensation claims that are more bizarre than your everyday sprained ankle. Lack of Interpreter Results in Expensive Medical Procedure When a Spanish-speaking worker strained his chest muscles lifting an 80-pound turkey onto a tray, his co-workers — who couldn’t understand what he was saying — believed he was suffering a heart attack. Medical personnel showed up on the scene and ran a number of tests and transferred him to the local hospital for even more tests. Though he was discharged and returned to work without missing any time, he was saddled with enormous medical bills. When the employer refused to pay them, the Workers’ Comp Commission ordered they be paid, as the burden of having an interpreter — and the resulting misunderstanding — fell on the employer, not the employee. Arby’s Employee Takes a Big Swig of Lye When Laura McRae reached for a drink of water from her cup in the Arby’s breakroom, she was shocked to discover she was instead gulping a cup of pure, intensely caustic lye. She suffered brutal, third-degree burns to her esophagus and was rushed to the hospital. In the end, physicians concluded that she had to live with “65 percent body impairment” for the rest of her life. The reason why a cup of lye was in the breakroom never came to light. Nonetheless, Arby’s was compelled to pay her income benefits for the rest of her life.

Food Store Manager’s Murder Found Compensable When a worker’s jealous boyfriend thought that her manager was sexually harassing her, he took it upon himself to mete out “justice,” running over and killing the manager as he was collecting shopping carts outside. Since the dispute arose out of the workplace and the manager had no idea about the boyfriend’s hostility, his death was found to be compensable.

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Roasted Parmesan Pesto Potatoes It only takes 3 ingredients to make these crispy, flavorful potatoes. They’re the perfect side dish for any meal.

Ingredients • 2 pounds red potatoes, quartered • 2 tablespoons basil pesto

• Salt and pepper, to taste • 3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 400 F. 2. In large bowl, combine potatoes and pesto. Toss to coat. Transfer potatoes to large baking sheet or shallow roasting pan. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Roast 20 minutes and remove from oven.

3. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese evenly over potatoes and put pan back in the oven. Roast for additional 10–15 minutes or until potatoes are tender and crispy. Remove from oven and serve warm.

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