MO: Spouse Awarded Lifetime Benefits for PTD Claimant

A recent court of appeals case affirming a PTD award addressed two important issues: the impact of an application for unemployment benefits on TTD benefits and when a dependent spouse in a PTD case before 2008 may receive benefits even if a claimant dies from unrelated causes. Claimant underwent...

MO: No Medical History? No Problem.

Medical records did not have to document a work injury to obtain disability benefits, according to the Missouri Court of Appeals in the case Daly v Powell Distributing , WD 71575, 71576 (Mo. App. 9-28-10). The court of appeals remanded claimant’s two cases to re-address whether claimant was...

MO: Court Remands Permanent Total Claim for Arthritis

The Missouri court of appeals remanded an alleged permanent total claim against the Second Injury Fund based on a claim that two different types of arthritis synergistically combined. The Commission denied benefits and found that claimant’s work-related osteoarthritis did not combine with pre-existing...

MO: Fall Out Of Bed Defeats Causation

A company president tripped over a telephone cord at work but failed to prove her radius fractures arose from work and not from falling out of bed the following morning. The court in Bond v Site Line Surveying , WD 72142 (Mo. App. 10-12-10), agreed that substantial evidence supported the Commission’s...

MO: Court Sanctions Employer For Seeking Injunctive Relief From Temporary Award

The western court of appeals recently sanctioned an employer $81,609 in attorney’s fees for making a constitutional challenge that it had a right to appeal a temporary award, contrary to a state rule and unfavorable precedent. The case is Motor Control Specialties, Inc. And the Ohio Casualty Ins...

MO: Western District Announces 'Open Season' On Employers

Just when Missouri business was feeling good about things after comp reform, the court of appeals has now announced open season and allows claimants with occupational disease cases to go after their employers in circuit court instead of comp. State ex rel KCP&L Greater Mo. Operations Co. v Hon. Cook...

MO: Police Chief Awarded Disability For Wiping Car Window

A police chief who describes acute neck pain after wiping the inside window of his unmarked police car performed "integral" police work under Missouri law. Whiteley v City of Poplar Bluff , No. SD 31287 (Mo. App. Oct. 11, 2011), affirmed an award of medical and PPD benefits from the Commission...

MO: Police Chief Awarded Disability For Wiping Car Window

A police chief who describes acute neck pain after wiping the inside window of his unmarked police car performed "integral" police work under Missouri law. Whiteley v City of Poplar Bluff , No. SD 31287 (Mo. App. Oct. 11, 2011), affirmed an award of medical and PPD benefits from the Commission...

MO: Claimant Loses Permanent Total Claim When Her Vocational Expert Concedes She Can Be Trained As Cashier

The court of appeals rejected claimant's PTD claim against the second injury fund based on inconsistent opinions of her vocational expert. Carkeek v Treasurer of the State of Mo. , WD 73377 (Mo. App. Oct. 11, 2011) (Free Download), affirmed an award of PPD but a denial of PTD benefits awarded by...

MO: Claimant Loses Permanent Total Claim When Her Vocational Expert Concedes She Can Be Trained As Cashier

The court of appeals rejected claimant's PTD claim against the second injury fund based on inconsistent opinions of her vocational expert. Carkeek v Treasurer of the State of Mo. , WD 73377 (Mo. App. Oct. 11, 2011) (Free Download), affirmed an award of PPD but a denial of PTD benefits awarded by...

MO: Supreme Court to Address "Equal Exposure" Defense

When is an accident not compensable because an injured worker was equally exposed to the hazard or risk outside of and unrelated to the employment? The issue will now go to the Missouri Supreme Court, based on a recent transfer by the Eastern District in Sandy Johme v St. John's Mercy Healthcare...

MO: Supreme Court to Address "Equal Exposure" Defense

When is an accident not compensable because an injured worker was equally exposed to the hazard or risk outside of and unrelated to the employment? The issue will now go to the Missouri Supreme Court, based on a recent transfer by the Eastern District in Sandy Johme v St. John's Mercy Healthcare...

MO: Is falling on the employer’s lot in the morning enough to obtain benefits?

The recent Commission case Lantie Wilson v Buchanan County , Oct. 14, 2011, 2011 Mo WCLR Lexis 206, involved a claimant who fell on the employer's lot reporting to work. The Commission affirmed an award of benefits and concluded that there was no need to even consider if claimant had equal exposure...

Missouri: Noxious Smoke and Fumes at Work Caused Myelomas

Noxious fumes and yellow smoke caused claimant's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (multiple myelomas) and made him unemployable, according to a new decision from the Court of Appeals, which affirmed an award of PTD benefits. The award included safety penalties and past medical benefits for over $734...

Missouri: Appeals Court Remands Retaliation Claim by State Employees

State employees at the Missouri Department of Mental Health claimed they were harassed, intimidated, coerced and punished for pursuing worker's compensation cases and sought money and equitable relief. The circuit court found the plaintiffs could not pursue a discrimination claim under 287.780 because...