Intern found dead after pulling 3 all-nighters

Sad news report from London shows why your job is never more important than your life.

The Globe and Mail reported last week on a 21 year old intern who passed away after pulling 3 all-nighters at work. He died from natural causes allegedly linked to sleep deprivation.

This is a very sad story and it should serve as a harsh reminder about what is important in life. Health and safety should always come before the expectations of your employer.

We see these issues in our own workers comp cases. Employers require people to work beyond their restrictions. This creates a potentially dangerous situation.

What is favored work?

Employers can avoid paying wage loss benefits if they provide “favored work” or “reasonable employment.” These are jobs within a person’s restrictions that pose no danger to health and safety.

Wage loss benefits are forfeited if a person refuses accommodated work. The issue of what constitutes favored work can be complicated. Disputes over job duties, location and pay are common.

Some employers will use favored work as a tool against you. You might be told to stare at a wall for 8  hours per day. You could be told to sweep the floor using only one arm.

Stop employer abuse

We tell our clients to never put themselves or anyone else in danger. Work that is beyond restrictions must be challenged in court. Full wage loss benefits should be reinstated if you are unable to perform the job.

To speak with one of our workers comp lawyers in Michigan, call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation. We will fight to make sure that your legal rights are protected.

Alex Berman is the founder of Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers. He’s been representing injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years.  Alex has helped countless people obtain workers comp benefits and never charges a fee to evaluate a case.

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