The Tennessee Supreme Court denied workers’ compensation benefits to the widow of a worker who died of an opioid overdose after taking medication he’d been prescribed following a work injury.
This ruling runs contrary to what a number of other state courts have decided, and was actually a reversal of the trial court consensus in Tennessee.
Opioid addiction and overdose has fast become a rising problem for employees and workers’ compensation insurance carriers. Many are discovering that the powerful painkillers used to treat acute and chronic pain following a job-related injury are highly addictive – and potentially deadly. Injured workers grappling with pain are prescribed Vicodin and OxyContin, Percocet and morphine. Continue reading