Saturday, August 2, 2008

Suicide Compensable by Workmen's Compensation

The patient suicided to end his chronic pain. In the past, it would be deemed an intentional self-injury. Now, it is the result of a work injury, and the family must be paid for the duration of the contract.

1) If you pay for things, they will increase. Unlike the opinion of the clueless experts, the reality is otherwise.

2) The family will lose its compensation motivation to keep the patient alive. They will be more likely to encourage a suicide, to get rid of the burden and to collect on the payments.

3) The ruling will set a precedent that suicide is not an intentional act. That will generate much mischief in non-compensation cases.

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