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Cal. Comp. Cases June Advanced Postings (6/22/2011)

Here's the third batch of cases for the upcoming June 2011 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, PSI, Petitioner v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, Adriana Modlin, Respondents...

Missouri: Supreme Court to Decide if Second Injury Fund Must Pay for Minor Prior Medical Conditions

An employee injured in Missouri may be able to claim additional benefits from the Second Injury Fund (SIF) if the employee had a pre-existing disability that reaches a statutory minimum level of disability. The Commission claims in several recent cases that it is a "common misperception" that...

Missouri: Prior Psych Condition Supports SIF Total from Break Room Accident

The court of appeals affirmed an award of total disability benefits against the second injury fund benefits based in part on claimant's significant pre-existing psychiatric disabilities. Blackshear v Adecco , ED 100251 (Mo. App. 2014), 2014 MO App Lexis 157 (2-18-2014) (lexis.com) 2014 MO App Lexis...

Tackling the Elephant in the Room: Exclusive Remedy

How I spent my time at the National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference discussing the exclusive remedy doctrine By Deborah G. Kohl, Esq. As all workers’ compensation practitioners know exclusive remedy is the linchpin of the “great social bargain” underlying...