Workers' Compensation

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MO: Tort Victims Receive $2.4M From Compensation Fund For Unpaid Claims
Posted on 1 Sep 2010 by

Jefferson City, MO (CompNewsNetwork) - The Missouri Labor Department’s Division of Workers’ Compensation issued over $2.45 million from the Tort Victims’ Compensation Fund to 32 Missourians who filed claims in 2009. The Tort Victims’... Read More

MO: Missouri Dept. Approves First Line Of Duty Claims To Assist Survivors
Posted on 21 Mar 2011 by

Jefferson City, MO (CompNewsNetwork) - The Missouri Labor Department’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) mailed the first checks to families of loved ones killed in the line of duty after approving the two claims filed in 2010. These... Read More

MO: ALJ Jobs Lost by Budget Cuts
Posted on 24 Nov 2010 by Martin Klug

The court of appeals resolved whether three most newly appointed administrative law judges can lose their jobs by state budget cuts or only by unfavorable performance review. The ALJs had obtained an injunction to save their jobs, when the Director eliminated... Read More

MO: Open Medical Still Awarded When Claimant Refused to Treat
Posted on 13 Dec 2010 by Martin Klug

A claimant who refuses to pursue recommended medical treatment or tests does not waive her right to future medical care in a final award, according to a recent Commission case Katherine Hunt v Daimler Chrysler , DOLIR 12-3-10, reversing the ALJ’s... Read More

MO: Personal Comfort Doctrine Allows Benefits For Making Coffee At Work
Posted on 24 Feb 2011 by Martin Klug

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... Read More

MO: Smoker Awarded PTD for Lung Disease
Posted on 10 Dec 2010 by Martin Klug

The Commission awarded life-time benefits to a mechanic because of COPD and pleural fibrosis, caused by smoking cigarettes and working as a mechanic exposed to pipe insulation, smoke, dust and fumes for 32 years. Medical experts agreed that work and "many... Read More