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Of Management in the Pamplin College of Business at Tech. I

Hi, my name is***** and I am Pamplin Professor of Management in the Pamplin College ofBusiness at Virginia Tech. I am doing research on the Japanese and concept of “karoshi,” literally translated as “death from overwork” and its relevance to US workers' compensation law. We do not have a similar word in English that I know of (there are however similar words in Korean and Chinese), but the phrase “working oneself to death” captures the essence of the concept. I believe this is a far more common phenomenon in the US than is generally recognized or compensated and I am attempting to research that issue. One reason for this belief is that Americans now work on average more hours per year than do the Japanese according to OECD statistics.I was hoping that you might be able to shed some light on what the legal hurdles would be for a claimant to win a workers' compensation claim for an American style karoshi case. Many karoshi cases are related to fatal heart attacks away occurring away from work but after the worker has worked excessively hard and long hours. A number of cases such as the one described in the link below involve suicide by someone who has also worked excessively hard and long hours.http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/12/29/national/social-issues/dentsu-suicide-kick-starts-efforts-alter-nations-ingrained-karoshi-habits/#.WUfwpGgrKyII have been studying worker safety and health in the US and Japan for many years and I happened across this concept of karoshi early in my research. I wrote an article about it that appeared in an Encyclopedia Britannica publication listed below and it has been widely cited.Wokutch, Richard E. “Special Report: Work: Dying for It in Japan.” In Medical and Health Annual, Encyclopedia Britannica, 1994, pp. 373-375.Based on your experience with workers' compensation law and cases do you know if there have been any cases in which families have been awarded workers' compensation for karoshi-like cases in the US?Also, based on your knowledge and experience would family members of workers in incidents in the US with similar facts and evidence as the recent karoshi cases in Japan have a chance of for success in a workers' compensation proceeding here? If not, what provisions of the law would prevent them from being successful?I could send you a copy of my Encyclopedia Britannica article and an abstract of my current research if you send me an email addressThanks for your time.Sincerely, ***** *****Richard E. Wokutch, PhDPamplin Professor of ManagementDepartment of Management (0233)2017 Pamplin HallVirginia TechBlacksburg, VA 24061***@******.***ph:(###) ###-####cell:(###) ###-####JA: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: I am in Virginia but I am interested in whether any such cases have been compensated anywhere in the US.JA: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?Customer: Let's say full time, unionized workJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: No.

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