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    We recently terminated employment of a fellow for poor effort, performance and behavior issues. (He was found napping, reading newspaper and using cell-phone during work-hours; all of which was discussed prior to date of termination.) Approximately 6-months ago he showed up for work and clocked in about 20 minutes early when only one other employee was here. At 15 minutes after normal start time - he reported an injury to his hand. The injury was significant enough to require stitches although there was no bleeding. (Which seemed odd for the injury involved.)

    A WC claim was filed and subsequently closed 3 months ago. After his termination, ex-employee went to an attorney and re-opened the WC claim.

    Ex-employee had a "side-job" that included physically demanding work and it's the opinion of co-workers that he actually injured his hand the previous night while working on "side-job" and slipped in early the next day so as to hide the injury until after normal working hours began.

    Do we have any recourse or defense against WC in this matter?

    Thank you.

    ML
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