News Digest 9-5-2019


Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy admits lying about being shot by sniper

A Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputy who admitted making up a story about being shot in the shoulder by a sniper has been fired. Possible charges include making a false report of an emergency, filing a false police report, perjury and charges related to his claims to medical staff and a possible workers’ compensation claim. New York Daily News


The financial power of a Colorado hospital system

The University of Colorado Health holds one of the highest profit margins in the country, and the state is a lucrative market. Its facilities have some of the highest rates in the state for workers’ comp claims, and the state recently enhanced its payments for some of those claims. Axios


Lawsuit filed by witness of coworkers’ deaths

A construction worker who watched two of his colleagues plunge 80 feet to their deaths while building a hotel near Disney World is suing the hotel and others for “gross negligence.” The two men who died were standing on the scaffolding in late August last year when it collapsed under the weight of the concrete being poured. Miami Herald


Fight continues for Arizona firefighters seeking workers’ comp

Arizona fireman Kevin Thompson, who has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, one of the presumptive cancers covered by state workers’ compensation law, is one of nine firefighters across the state who are appealing claim denials to the Arizona Industrial Commission. ABC15 Arizona [with video]


Illinois electrical worker sues for wrongful termination

A former employee of a downstate Illinois electrical contractor alleges he was fired after making a workers’ compensation claim related to leg and ankle injuries. Madison – St. Clair Record