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Ohio: Worker’s Intentional Tort Action Against Employer Fails
Posted on 24 Apr 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

An Ohio appellate court agreed with a trial court that an employer could not be held liable, under an intentional tort theory, for serious injuries sustained by an employee who suffered amputation of both legs when two bundles of steel, each weighing... Read More

Missouri: Benefits Denied For a Train Inspector Who Fell From a Rail Car
Posted on 28 May 2014 by Martin Klug

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"... Read More

Louisiana: High Court Says Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Falls “Squarely” Within Parameters of State Comp Act
Posted on 8 May 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

In a split decision, the Supreme Court of Louisiana held that occupational noise-induced hearing loss (“NIHL”) fell squarely within the parameters of the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act (LWCA), either the pre–1990 definition... Read More

Virginia: Failure to Follow Physician’s Cautionary Statement Made 19 Years Before Accident No Bar to Recovery
Posted on 8 Apr 2016 by Larson's Spotlight

Reversing a decision of the state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission, a Virginia appellate court held that a physician’s instruction, following a 1995 work-related knee injury, that the worker should avoid walking on uneven ground, was... Read More

Arizona: City Auditor’s Injuries in Auto Accident Barred by Going and Coming Rule
Posted on 31 Jul 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

A city auditor, who was involved in an automobile accident as she traveled home at the end of the day after completing a business errand did not sustain injuries arising out of and in the course of her employment, held an Arizona appellate court. The... Read More

Missouri: Court Affirms Worker Had "Unusual" Strain From Routine Activities
Posted on 16 Apr 2015 by Martin Klug

A worker in his 50s tore three tendons in his right shoulder in 2009 after he lifted himself about two feet into his truck. In a 9-2 decision, the majority of the Western District as a matter of first impression found under the new Act claimant established... Read More

Missouri: No Disability for Hunting Trip Accident
Posted on 22 Dec 2011 by Martin Klug

Claimant sustained catastrophic injuries from a single car pre-dawn accident in 2008 on a gravel country road when his car went off the road. The parties stipulated that the 30-year old claimant was unemployable but disputed whether his accident arose... 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: Police Chief Awarded Disability For Wiping Car Window
Posted on 19 Oct 2011 by Martin Klug

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... Read More

The Defense of Intentional Self-Injury: Russian Roulette, Workplace Frustration, Accidental Drug Overdose, and More
Posted on 2 Mar 2012 by Larson's Spotlight

Rashness Versus Intention in Self-Injury Cases In a few cases, attempts have been made to invoke the intentional self-injury defense when, although the workers obviously did not really intend to harm themselves, their conduct was so rash that the defendants... 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: 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

MO: Police Chief Awarded Disability For Wiping Car Window
Posted on 19 Oct 2011 by Martin Klug

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... 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: No Disability for Hunting Trip Accident
Posted on 22 Dec 2011 by Martin Klug

Claimant sustained catastrophic injuries from a single car pre-dawn accident in 2008 on a gravel country road when his car went off the road. The parties stipulated that the 30-year old claimant was unemployable but disputed whether his accident arose... Read More