Total Disability Before Job Injury Precludes Fund Recovery

A claimant’s lack of candor about a prior medical condition while obtaining a new job may help to prove a prior disability. In Cook v Buckley Powder Company , DOLIR 3-17-11, the Commission found that no employer would have hired claimant in his job to handle and lift explosives if he had been candid...

MO: SIF Owes Interest on Medical Bills After an Award

If the Second Injury Fund must pay medical bills because an employer lacks insurance, when is the claimant allowed interest when the bills are not paid promptly? Eason v Adams Towing Inc. , DOLIR 7-19-11, is a Commission case of first impression to indicate when payments are "due" to trigger...

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: Commission Thwarts Statutory Reform For 'Objective' Findings

Statutory reform in Missouri requires that objective findings trump conflicting subjective findings. When a doctor concludes claimant can work based on FCE results but claimant state he can't, does the FCE "objective" findings control? In the case of Reichardt v Industrial Sheet Metal...

Missouri: Commission Expands Claims Against Fund

An employee may collect benefits from the second injury fund, even though the underlying medical condition considered by itself may not qualify for the minimum statutory threshold. The Commission now clarifies what it perceives as a common “misperception” that prior impairments cannot be...

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: Claimant Entitled to Pre-judgment Interest Against Second Injury Fund

A claimant may recover pre-judgment interest against the second injury fund under "liberal" construction for unpaid bills of an uninsured employer, according the western court of appeals, reversing the Commission which found interest owed only after an award. Eason v Treasurer of Mo., 2012...

Missouri: Knee Injury Produces Dire “Natural” Consequences

After claimant returned to work to unrestricted duty following a knee surgery he reported multiple additional accidents from falling and each new claim added different body parts. The employer argued the second injury fund was liable for a PTD claim due to a combination of multiple injuries. The court...

Missouri: Claimant's Pain Complaints Support PTD Award

A claimant who states he hurts too much to work can collect PTD benefits, even though an FCE based on "objective" findings concludes he can work in the open labor market. The court of appeals recently affirmed a Commission award of PTD against the second injury fund based on this conclusion...

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: Smoking Pot May Support Disability Claim

The commission reversed a denial of benefits and awarded permanent total benefits against the Second Injury Fund and noted that a prior habit of smoking pot daily for twenty years might be regarded as a hindrance or obstacle to employment. Mandina v Glass Group , 2012 Mo WCLR Lexis 196 (Nov. 21, 2012...

Missouri: Refugee Awarded 'Total' for His Days in the Bosnian War

Claimant’s “harrowing experiences” during the Bosnian war entitled him to permanent and total disability benefits against the Second Injury Fund, according to the Commission in the case Music v Red Brick Management, 2013 MOWCLR Lexis 1 , which reversed a denial of SIF benefits by the...

Missouri: Polio Renders Worker Totally Disabled

Claimant fell hundreds of times before in his life, but in 2008 he slipped on a slick floor in his employer’s bathroom, lost control of his crutches, and injured his neck. He never returned to work after two neck surgeries. The Commission affirmed an award for permanent total tried solely against...

Missouri: Polio Renders Worker Totally Disabled

Claimant fell hundreds of times before in his life, but in 2008 he slipped on a slick floor in his employer’s bathroom, lost control of his crutches, and injured his neck. He never returned to work after two neck surgeries. The Commission affirmed an award for permanent total tried solely against...

Missouri: Court Declines to Compel Payment of Fund Award

An injured worker with an unpaid award of permanent total benefits could not compel the Fund to fully pay the award by a writ of mandamus, according to the court of appeals. Skirvin v Treasurer of the State of Mo. , 2013 Mo App. Lexis 84 (Jan 22, 2013) The court of appeals vacated a writ of mandamus...

Missouri: Court Declines to Compel Payment of Fund Award

An injured worker with an unpaid award of permanent total benefits could not compel the Fund to fully pay the award by a writ of mandamus, according to the court of appeals. Skirvin v Treasurer of the State of Mo. , 2013 Mo App. Lexis 84 (Jan 22, 2013) The court of appeals vacated a writ of mandamus...

Missouri Second Injury Fund: Is It Time to Re-Define Disability?

No case highlights the financial crisis of Missouri’s second injury better than the recent case of Skirvin v Treasurer of State of Mo. WD 75441 (Mo. App. 2013), 2013 Mo App. Lexis 84 , which describes the Fund’s incapacity to pay millions of dollars in awarded benefits. One issue underlying...

Missouri Second Injury Fund: Is It Time to Re-Define Disability?

No case highlights the financial crisis of Missouri’s second injury better than the recent case of Skirvin v Treasurer of State of Mo. WD 75441 (Mo. App. 2013), 2013 Mo App. Lexis 84 , which describes the Fund’s incapacity to pay millions of dollars in awarded benefits. One issue underlying...

Missouri Second Injury Fund: Is It Time to Re-Define Disability?

No case highlights the financial crisis of Missouri’s second injury better than the recent case of Skirvin v Treasurer of State of Mo. WD 75441 (Mo. App. 2013), 2013 Mo App. Lexis 84 , which describes the Fund’s incapacity to pay millions of dollars in awarded benefits. One issue underlying...

Missouri: Children of deceased worker awarded lifetime Schoemehl benefits

The big fight recently in Missouri is when a surviving spouse or dependent children can still receive comp benefits after a claimant dies from unrelated causes. The worker's comp statute provides survivor benefits when the death is work-related, and the statute provides the loss of benefits by...

MO Supreme Court Announces New Standards For Fund Cases

The Missouri Supreme Court has now spoken on what prior injuries "count" for purposes of accessing second injury fund benefits in Missouri worker's compensation cases in 4 new cases appealed last year by the Fund: Witte, Salviccio, Dyson and Buhlinger, in an en banc decision issued on November...

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...

Missouri: Court Affirms Award for Legionnaire’s Disease

It was just another day on the job for claimant when she put on her raincoat and boots, pulled out her sprayer, and spent the day getting splattered with hog manure, afterbirth and hog waste material. In 2002 she felt sick and fatigued and was hospitalized, went into a coma, and was treated for Legionnaire’s...

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...