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Minnesota: Supreme Court Gives Guidance Regarding Evidentiary Requirements of State’s PTSD Provisions
Posted on 19 Jul 2019 by Thomas A. Robinson

Prior to a 2013 amendment to Minn. Stat. § 176.011, subd. 16, Minnesota provided no workers’ compensation coverage for mental injuries that had a mental stimulus as their origin. Since then, however, coverage has been provided to those employees... Read More

Washington: Narrow Definition of “Injury” Means Public Defender May Be Able to Sue Employer for Work-Related PTSD
Posted on 22 Mar 2019 by Thomas A. Robinson

A county public defender, who alleged that she sustained a mental injury in the form of PTSD following a harrowing period of time in which she was allegedly stalked and harassed by a "client," may move ahead with a civil action filed against... Read More

What’s New in Florida Workers’ Compensation: 2018
Posted on 21 Jun 2018 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

By Robert J. Grace, Jr., Esq. & Lyle Platt, Esq. Since publication of our last edition of Dubreuil’s Florida Workers’ Compensation Handbook (LexisNexis), legislative activity was confined to a popularly supported bill regarding first... Read More

WV: Hijacked Driver Wins PTSD Claim Despite Restrictive Mental-Mental Statute
Posted on 1 Nov 2013 by Larson's Spotlight

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia recently affirmed a decision by the state’s Board of Review that awarded benefits for a PTSD injury sustained by a UPS driver who was accosted and his truck hijacked by a man with a rifle. The gunman... Read More

Mississippi: Divided Court Affirms Award of PTSD Benefits Related to Hurricane Katrina
Posted on 31 Jan 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

A divided Mississippi appellate court recently affirmed an award of PTSD benefits to an agent of the state’s Bureau of Narcotics resulting from her duties on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The agent, who ordinary... Read More

OK: Check Cashing Clerk Establishes PTSD Claim After Two Robberies
Posted on 4 Oct 2013 by Larson's Spotlight

Along with a number of other states, Oklahoma generally bars recovery of workers’ compensation benefits associated with mental injuries that are “unaccompanied” by physical injury [see Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law ... Read More

Missouri: Smoking Pot May Support Disability Claim
Posted on 28 Nov 2012 by Martin Klug

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... Read More

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Non-Dependent Spouse Precluded From Death Benefits and Barred From Bringing Death Claim
Posted on 15 Jun 2012 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Non-Dependent Spouse and Death Benefits, Fraud and Surveillance Video, Tort Action Against Sole Proprietor, and Statute of Limitations for PTSD Claim. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about... Read More

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Safety Inspectors Granted Immunity From Liability Under Workers’ Comp Act
Posted on 25 May 2012 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Willful Misconduct, Intoxication, Agility Test, and Cross-Examination of Physician. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers'... Read More

Virginia: Firefighter Paramedic’s PTSD May Be Compensable Occupational Disease
Posted on 17 Jan 2018 by Thomas A. Robinson

A Virginia appellate court affirmed, in relevant part, a state Workers’ Compensation Commission’s finding that a firefighter paramedic’s work-related experiences over his 17-year career caused his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD... Read More

Tennessee: Store Manager’s PTSD Found Compensable After Encounter With Purse Snatchers
Posted on 28 Aug 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

A store manager who sustained injuries in her employer’s parking lot after she pursued two persons, posing as customers, who stole her purse from the store, could recover workers’ compensation benefits for psychological injuries in the nature... Read More

The Top 10 Bizarre Workers’ Compensation Cases for 2015
Posted on 3 Jan 2016 by Thomas A. Robinson

Last November, I had the pleasure of speaking at the 24th Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference in Las Vegas. My session was a spin-off of what has become one of my most popular annual blog offerings—a presentation... Read More

Missouri: Court Awards Total Benefits for Woman Trapped in Elevator
Posted on 30 Nov 2015 by Martin Klug

A 61-year old woman walks into an elevator at work. The scenario may start to sound like a joke. She works in customer service on the 5th floor in the employer’s building in Greene County, Missouri. The elevator falls a flight, and she isn’t... Read More

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Video Evidence Not Disqualified for Three-Second Gap
Posted on 13 Dec 2012 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Videotape Evidence, Going and Coming Rule, PTSD, and Foot Injury. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation... Read More

Federal: Ohio Employee May Maintain Civil Action for PTSD Against Employer
Posted on 30 Sep 2016 by Thomas A. Robinson

Construing Ohio law, a federal district court in that state denied an employer’s motion for judgment on the pleadings in a civil action filed by an employee in which the employee alleged that he suffered severe mental pain and suffering and psychological... Read More