The first blog post I ever wrote over six years ago was entitled, “The Most Important Work Comp Advice: Always Tell the Truth.” You can read that blog post here. There are very few perfect work comp cases, and I am very comfortable addressing the weaknesses in my cases. However, if a work comp judge decides that a claimant is not honest, then the case is in big trouble.
The Work Comp Commissioner issued an appeal decision in the case of Hall v. Apple Creek Kennel and Travelers Property Casualty Company of America on June 29, 2018. The claimant was found to be dishonest, but fortunately for her just managed to avoid having her workers’ compensation benefits taken away. All of the risk and danger could have been avoided if the claimant had been straightforward in her testimony.
The story started back on April 21, 2013. The claimant was 32 years old and was working as a veterinary assistant. This was a type of job she had generally worked since she graduated from high school.