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The husband of a morbidly obese woman just won a New Jersey workers' compensation claim following the death of his wife who passed away after working a night shift for AT&T

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On Monday June 27, 2011, a New Jersey appellate court affirmed an award of workers' compensation dependency benefits for the husband of the former AT&T manager, says Fox News analyst James Farrell.

The wife died of a pulmonary embolism caused by a blood clot the morning after she worked all night at her home desk on a company project, Farrell says.

The workers' comp judge found that her job  which required her to work at a computer for long stretches of time  materially contributed to her death. But Farrell notes the judge made the award despite the fact that:

(a) the woman was 47-years old

(b) she was "morbidly obese" (weighed 304 pounds)

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(c) she had an enlarged heart

(d) she recently began taking birth control pills (which can precipitate clot formation) and

(e) she "led a sedentary life in and out of work"

The June 2011 appeals court decision is here.

The November 2010 appellate court's initial rejection of the workers' comp judge's decision (on a different ground) is here

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