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South Dakota: Claimant Did Not Abandon Labor Market By Relocating to Daughter’s Home in Small Town
Posted on 13 Jul 2018 by Thomas A. Robinson

An award of permanent total disability benefits to an injured worker was appropriate in spite of allegations by the former employer that the worker abandoned the labor market by moving to Winner, South Dakota, more than 60 miles from Sioux Falls—her... Read More

Missouri: A "Working" Claimant is Not a Total (sometimes)
Posted on 8 Dec 2011 by Martin Klug

Claimant's capacity to return to work for 1 1/2 years after her back injury defeated her SIF claim that she was permanently and totally disabled. Her duties such as data entry, answering phones or monitoring suicidal patients were considered a ‘real... 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

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Injured HVAC Worker Established “Odd Lot” Status
Posted on 9 Mar 2012 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Odd Lot, Causation, Farm Laborer, Immunity From Exclusive Remedy . 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

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

Permanent Total Disability Found "In Accordance With the Fact": Cal. Comp. Cases April Advanced Postings (4/5/2012)
Posted on 5 Apr 2012 by California Compensation Cases Staff

Here’s the second batch of advanced postings for the April 2012 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries . © Copyright 2012 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. American... Read More

Idiopathic Seizures in a Post-SB 899 World: Cal. Comp. Cases January Advanced Postings (1/13/2012)
Posted on 13 Jan 2012 by California Compensation Cases Staff

Here’s the second batch of advanced postings for the January 2012 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. FEATURED CASE: IDIOPATHIC SEIZURES IN A POST-SB 899 WORLD Lexis.com subscribers can link to the case to read the complete summary. Harris Ranch Inn... Read More

California: Economists Wanted
Posted on 3 May 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases and statutes cited below. Since Senate Bill 899 was passed, there has been a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the proper calculation and evaluation of the COLAs provided for under Labor Code Section 4659... Read More

Missouri: Injuries Sustained When Lunchroom Chair Collapsed Are Compensable
Posted on 20 Nov 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

A Missouri appellate court affirmed an award of permanent total disability benefits against the state’s Second Injury Fund where claimant’s lunchroom chair collapsed as he sat eating lunch. The claimant injured his low back and developed intense... Read More

California: Labor Code Section 4662 and Vocational Experts
Posted on 5 May 2016 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

Labor Code Section 4662 was modified by the legislature in AB 1847 in 2014. Contrary to popular belief, it was not amended in SB 863. The older version of Section 4662, adopted in 2007, created the conclusive presumption of permanent total disability... Read More

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Claimant Not Entitled to Permanent Total Disability Under Odd-Lot Rule
Posted on 27 Jan 2012 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Odd-Lot, Statute of Limitations, Agricultural Employer, and Hazard of Employment. 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

Ohio: Injured Employee Denied PTD Benefits When She Refused Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Posted on 27 Jun 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

An Ohio appellate court held that the state’s Industrial Commission did not abuse its discretion in considering the employee’s refusal to participate in vocational rehabilitation as a factor in denying her request for PTD compensation where... Read More

California Workers' Comp Case Roundup (10/28/2015)
Posted on 28 Oct 2015 by California Compensation Cases Staff

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 80 No. 10 October 2015 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS... Read More

California Workers' Comp Case Roundup (5-4-2012)
Posted on 4 May 2012 by California Compensation Cases Staff

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 77 No. 4 April 2012 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE... Read More

Missouri: Claimant's Pain Complaints Support PTD Award
Posted on 6 Jun 2012 by Martin Klug

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... Read More