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Missouri: Hair Dresser Killed at Salon Receives No Benefits
Posted on 21 Mar 2012 by Martin Klug

Claimant worked at a Kansas City, Missouri hair salon and cut hair. He was at home with his two small children in April 2009 when another hair dresser asked him to cover his appointments. When he arrived at the salon, an unknown robber shot him in the... Read More

Missouri: Noxious Smoke and Fumes at Work Caused Myelomas
Posted on 22 Mar 2012 by Martin Klug

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... Read More

Missouri: Claimant Entitled to Pre-judgment Interest Against Second Injury Fund
Posted on 24 May 2012 by Martin Klug

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... Read More

MO: Commission Thwarts Statutory Reform For 'Objective' Findings
Posted on 22 Nov 2011 by Martin Klug

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? ... Read More

Missouri: No Benefits for Alleged Fume Exposure
Posted on 2 May 2012 by Martin Klug

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... Read More

Missouri: Knee Injury Produces Dire “Natural” Consequences
Posted on 24 May 2012 by Martin Klug

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... Read More

Missouri: Reaction to Flu Vaccine Is a "Comp" Injury
Posted on 20 Dec 2011 by Martin Klug

A health-care worker who had a severe reaction to a flu shot in 2005 could collect worker’s compensation benefits even though the shot was not mandatory and not an “accident” as a matter of law. The employer did not require employees... Read More

Missouri: Arthritic Findings Defeat Causation on Shoulder Case
Posted on 23 Mar 2012 by Martin Klug

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"... Read More

Missouri: Storm Chasing Chief Awarded Benefits for Slipping at His Home
Posted on 30 Mar 2012 by Martin Klug

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... Read More

MO: Working Doesn't Stop PTD Benefits for Claimant
Posted on 28 Feb 2012 by Martin Klug

A permanently and totally disabled claimant with a traumatic brain injury did not lose benefits because he was working, according to the Missouri Court of Appeals, when the employer failed to show a change in physical condition. The case is Pavia v Smitty's... Read More

  • Blog Post: MO: Cloudy Mind Keeps Nurse From Working

    A nurse can never work again according to the Commission, affirming an award of permanent and total disability and open medical for a 49 year old R.N. in Jordan v. St. John's Mercy Health Systems , DOLIR 8-11-11. The Commission modified her compensation rate. The claimant had a sporadic attendance...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: MO: Working Doesn't Stop PTD Benefits for Claimant

    A permanently and totally disabled claimant with a traumatic brain injury did not lose benefits because he was working, according to the Missouri Court of Appeals, when the employer failed to show a change in physical condition. The case is Pavia v Smitty's Supermarkets , No. 31275 (Mo. App. SD 2012...