MO: Supervisor’s Step Off Sidewalk Did Not Step Her Outside Comp Statute

The State of Missouri refused to provide benefits to a supervisor of a state- run home for abused children, claiming her shoulder injury from a fall on an uneven surface was not a compensable accident when she was walking at work and she did not stay on the pathway but stepped on the grass instead and...

Bad News for Nevada Injured Workers Who Fall at Work?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010, about a fifth of all workplace fatalities in Nevada were caused by a worker falling. Almost every serious fall injury I've handled in the Nevada work comp arena in the past fifteen years was caused either by the employer's obvious failure...

Probation Dept. Counselor Stumbles on Way to Break Up Classroom Fight Between Juvenile Detainees: Cal. Comp. Cases January Advanced Postings (1/26/2012)

Here’s the fourth batch of advanced postings for the January 2012 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes. County of Kern/Kern County Probation Department, PSI, Petitioner v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, Gregory Dollar...

Missouri: Benefits Denied For a Train Inspector Who Fell From a Rail Car

A 58-year old train inspector fell more than 20 feet from the top of a rail car resulting in injuries to his back and shoulder. He failed to establish he had an accident to pursue a PTD claim against the second injury fund because he "unfortunately" had no idea how his fall occurred. Gleason...

South Carolina: Nurse Anesthetist’s Fall Was Not idiopathic; Benefits Should Be Awarded

Following remand from the state’s Supreme Court, a South Carolina appellate court held that a fall by a certified registered nurse anesthetist in an operating room was not idiopathic and arose out of and in the course of her employment in spite of the fact that the exact cause of her fall was not...