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action-american-football-athletes-1618200-300x200The marching band director for the Florida Gators, Dr. John ‘Jay’ Watkins, was attacked by a Miami Hurricane fan on August 24th, 2019 after the season opener. The Florida Gators of the University of Florida won their Saturday night game, toppling the Hurricanes with a 24-30 victory. 

The attack happened outside of Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. It is still not clear if Watkins has hired a lawyer against the assailants or against the administration for lack of security, or if he plans on filing for workers’ compensation benefits.

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A Facebook Live post showing a Gainesville Louisiana Popeyes branch went viral on August 20th, 2019 after an injury was reported on camera. A man trying to order a chicken sandwich was told that part of the restaurant was shut down because an employee named Tara was injured and had to be taken to the hospital. It is not yet known if the employee or the franchise has hired a lawyer.

The video did not indicate how the injury occurred, but it did show that the man was waiting for about 30 minutes before he was told the restaurant had been shut down. The Facebook user reported that “the Popeyes here in Gainesville, Florida just shut down because the manager got overwhelmed with the sandwich orders and collapsed in some grease.” 

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close-up-court-courthouse-534204-300x167Rick Rossi, a former bus driver from the Cabrillo Unified School District in San Mateo, CA, has been convicted of worker’s compensation, auto, and insurance fraud by a San Mateo County Judge.

Rossi, aged 60, claimed to have suffered an injury to his right eye after having a co-worker blast a high-pressure water hose at him in 2015. Rossi purportedly said that the injury left him with severe headaches and blurry vision, making it difficult to drive his vehicle. As recompense, Rossi requested worker’s compensation benefits from the Cabrillo Unified School District.

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blur-builders-building-159306-300x200James D. Coon, owner of James Coon Construction company in Akron, Ohio, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, a third-degree felony, on July 24th. The charges came after Gerardo ‘Jerry’ Juarez Sr., one of his workers, fell to death while working without safety equipment in 2017. Coon’s attorney has not made any statements as of yet.

Additionally, Coon further pleaded guilty to a workers’ compensation fraud charge, a fourth-degree felony, in a Summit county courtroom. According to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s (BWC) findings, Coon, 53, did not have any BWC coverage whatsoever when Juarez died.

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bandage-close-up-hands-1571172-300x200Elizabeth Torres, a state employee from the Connecticut Department of Development Services, was taken into custody on July 30 under charges of fraud and larceny. Torres, aged 58, was accused of illegally taking more than $4,000 from the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program. Torres was arrested on a warrant that charged her with first-degree larceny. It is not known whether she has hired an attorney.

The warrant and subsequent arrest were made by Inspectors belonging to the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control Unit from the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office. Torres was charged with larceny in the first degree for defrauding a Public Community and making fraudulent claims or receipt of benefits.

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