Mass. law allows bodybuilding former correctional officer to collect disability

Since 1997, the state has forced only 117 of the more than 15,000 state and local public employees on disability back to work


By C1 Staff

BOSTON, Mass. – Earlier this year, FOX News found a former correctional officer who was injured badly enough on the job to go on permanent disability and was unable to return to work was a successful, prize-winning bodybuilder.

After the investigation, the state looked into Mark Lovell’s medical files and reviewed his case. An independent doctor studied the case and determined that Lovell was indeed unfit to return to work.

According to state law, in order to force someone on disability to return to work, that person must return to the same position or one that is similar.

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Since 1997, the state has forced only 117 of the more than 15,000 state and local public employees on disability back to work.

After the independent evaluation went in his favor, Lovell said he’s never tried to hide anything and has done everything the state asked him to. He’s now scheduled for more spinal surgery.

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