News Digest 9-9-2021


Labor Department says more have died of 9/11-related illnesses than killed in attacks

A special report released Tuesday by the Justice Department indicates more people have died of 9/11-related illnesses than those killed on September 11, 2001. The report was revealed through the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which was set up in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks for survivors and victims’ families. Denver Channel


Legal battle over COVID-related workers’ compensation expected in Virginia

Employees who experienced severe cases of COVID-19 could face an uphill battle when it comes to claiming workers’ compensation benefits. Attorneys on both sides of workers’ compensation cases in Virginia expect legal challenges, which they attribute to recently passed laws expanding access to workers’ compensation for first responders and frontline medical providers. Under the legislation, which went into effect on July 1, coronavirus is considered an occupational disease for those categories of employees, which include any health care provider involved in “diagnosing or treating” COVID-19 as well as firemen, law enforcement, EMS workers and correctional officers. Virginia Mercury


Ohio Court of Appeals rules against vehicle glass company

A licensed insurance surveyor for Safelite Group, who was in her third trimester of pregnancy, has prevailed in her appeal in Ohio in a workers’ compensation case after her workers’ comp claim was rejected three times by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation. In 2018, the claimant fell on the sidewalk adjacent to one of the company’s parking spots designated for expectant mothers, following a snowstorm the previous night, according to court documents. On appeal, she argued the “zone of employment” and “totality of circumstances” exceptions to the “coming-and-going” rule applied in her case. GlassBYTEs


Former officer alleges he was forced to work with COVID-19 symptoms

A former policeman of a now-dissolved police department is suing the town of Mocksville, North Carolina, its former police chief, and the former town manager, alleging a sergeant pressured him to work when he was feeling ill, and then denied knowledge the policeman had tested positive for COVID-19. The officer also alleges he filed complaint with the N.C. Department of Labor. WXII (Winston-Salem, N.C.)