Recently in a discussion about a friend's worker's compensation claim, I began to wonder how many employees attempt to take advantage of missing work and getting paid. I researched, Stupid Worker's Compensation Claims and found a few interesting reports written by the injured parties.
**I dropped my head on my foot when someone pushed their guts across the table without calling out.
Wow! Was this on the set of Walking Dead? Or perhaps the movie set of a bad slasher script? Actually this claim was reported at an animal slaughterhouse.
**The fumes were so bad I was taken by them and went to bed with the doctor.
Too much information! I encourage my fellow workers not share details of their relationships.
**My head injuries have created a permanent increase in libido which has led to two affairs and has ruined my marriage.
I bet there are a lot of men that wished they'd thought of this excuse when they got caught cheating.
**I was working on my job and got a pain at the end of the week.
I usually run into the pain first thing Monday morning.
Take a look at a few bizarre worker compensation claims that were paid to claimants.
*Compensation was rewarded to a JC Penny employee that tripped over her own dog and broke her wrist in her home. She was retrieving fabric samples stored in her garage, making her home a work environment.
*While on a business trip, a woman in Australia was hit in the face by a lamp she ripped off the wall during violent sex in a hotel room. Worker's comp paid the claim because her employer booked and paid for the room.
Personally, I'd suck it up and pay expenses. I wouldn't want to listen to the gossip for the rest of my life. As a writer, to bring character's to life I invent their past and the life they are living. That includes their choice of career. So far, I haven't had a character on worker's compensation but it sounds like a good idea. If you check out my detective murder mystery Bolt Action, one of the minor characters owns a nudist ranch, I can see a lot of potential embarrassing injuries for the employees. In my ghost story, Haunting of Ingersull Penitentiary, the main character is transforming a haunted, abandoned prison, into a bed and breakfast. That work environment screams, CLAIM, waiting to happen.