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Worker seen partying on Facebook loses comp benefits
3/1/2012
 
An Arkansas worker receiving benefits for a work-related injury was denied additional benefits when the court was shown photos of him drinking and partying. The worker had claimed he was in excruciating pain.

Zackery Clement was injured in 2009 when the refrigerator he was moving fell on him. Johnson's Warehouse Showroom and National Union Fire Insurance paid for Clement's medical expenses and about two year’s worth of temporary disability benefits, according to Courthouse News.

After Clement asked for coverage for additional medical treatment for his hernia and a back injury, however, an administrative law judge and the state workers' compensation commission declined his request.

“On appeal, Clement said the previous proceedings should not have considered pictures of him that appeared on Facebook and MySpace. Though Clement claimed he was in excruciating pain, the photos showed him drinking and partying,” the news agency added.