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Old 09-11-2009, 10:40 AM
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Indiana court: employer must pay for weight-loss surgery

Indiana court says employer must pay for weight-loss surgery for worker with injured back

I guess I'll have to be more discriminating when I hire employees...


Childers, who was then 25, weighed 340 pounds in March 2007 when he was accidentally struck in the back by a freezer door. Doctors said he needed surgery to ease his severe pain, but that the operation would do him no good unless he first had surgery to reduce his weight, which rose to 380 pounds after the accident.

His employers agreed to pay for the back surgery, but argued they were not obligated to pay for a weight-loss operation that could cost $20,000 to $25,000, because Childers already was obese before he was hurt.

The board and the court, however, said the surgery and disability payments while Childers was unable to work were covered because his weight and the accident had combined to create a single injury. They said Boston's didn't present any evidence that his weight had been a medical problem before the accident.
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"because his weight and the accident had combined to create a single injury"

Sounds more like the employer should therefore be paying LESS than the full back surgery.
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Too hard to issue an injunction on burgers and pizza?

He should meet that Cuban political prisoner, I'm sure they'd have a lot to talk about.
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Indiana court says employer must pay for weight-loss surgery for worker with injured back

I guess I'll have to be more discriminating when I hire employees...
The part I get a kick out of is this:

They said Boston's didn't present any evidence that his weight had been a medical problem before the accident.
Really? Weighing 340 pounds at the age of 25 isn't a medical problem? What ****ing planet are these people from that 340 pounds is healthy/normal?
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America....going to hell in a supersized hand basket.
Fixed...
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This is Indiana folks, people are large there.... SHHHHH
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