MO: Personal Comfort Doctrine Allows Benefits For Making Coffee At Work

Missouri reform narrowed the definition of accident and left unresolved whether accidents arising out of activities that were not part of an employee’s direct job duties were still compensable. A hazard of employment may still arise under employment under the personal comfort doctrine, even if...

MO: Cleaning Bathroom Doesn’t Render Claimant Totally Disabled

Claimant alleged he choked and sustained a myocardial infarction from noxious fumes after he sprayed an apartment bathroom on one occasion to remove mold. The claimant's expert attributed claimant's symptoms to muriatic acid fumes. The Commission denied benefits in the claim against the second...

Missouri: Arthritic Findings Defeat Causation on Shoulder Case

A claimant must demonstrate not only that he had an "accident" but also an "injury." An injury is not compensable unless the accident was the prevailing factor in both the medical condition and disability. Claimant had an "accident" at work in 2010 when his right shoulder...

Missouri: Storm Chasing Chief Awarded Benefits for Slipping at His Home

On a dark and stormy Sunday night, a police chief fell on his driveway while getting into his truck to drive into town and check for storms. His job duties involved storm spotting by finding the highest ground to see if he could spot a tornado or any storm damage. The employer and the employer's...

Missouri: No Benefits for Alleged Fume Exposure

Claimant lost his claim against the second injury fund when he failed to prove an accident that his alleged exposure to muriatic acid fumes caused a heart attack. Poarch v Treasurer of the State of Missouri , 2012 Mo. App. Lexis 592 (May 1, 2012). The court rejected an argument that the commission must...