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Missouri: No Death Benefits From Toe Fracture
Posted on 14 Feb 2012 by Martin Klug

Claimant died five years after he stubbed his toe while delivering pizzas. He fractured his toe and claims he also hurt his knee. The ALJ awarded death benefits. The parties disputed whether claimant's left knee symptoms, recurrent surgeries for a... Read More

New Arthritis Study Shows O*Net Could Help Predict Chronic Disease
Posted on 18 Sep 2014 by Thomas A. Robinson

A recent study points to a positive and consistent relationship between O*NET ratings of physical job demands and the risk of contracting arthritis later in life. Importantly, the study also demonstrates the utility of using such O*NET job descriptors... Read More

California: IMR Reviewer’s Conclusion Contradicted by IMR Reviewer’s Own Summary of Case
Posted on 22 Apr 2016 by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.

Beware of UR and IMR physicians who use MTUS, ACOEM, and ODG guidelines to deny treatment when, in fact, other MTUS, ACOEM, or ODG guidelines do support an RFA from a treating physician In Gonzalez-Ornelas v. County of Riverside , 2016 Cal. Wrk. Comp... Read More

MO: Court Remands Permanent Total Claim for Arthritis
Posted on 13 Oct 2010 by Martin Klug

The Missouri court of appeals remanded an alleged permanent total claim against the Second Injury Fund based on a claim that two different types of arthritis synergistically combined. The Commission denied benefits and found that claimant’s work... Read More

Missouri: No Death Benefits From Toe Fracture
Posted on 14 Feb 2012 by Martin Klug

Claimant died five years after he stubbed his toe while delivering pizzas. He fractured his toe and claims he also hurt his knee. The ALJ awarded death benefits. The parties disputed whether claimant's left knee symptoms, recurrent surgeries for a... Read More

Texas Appeals Panel Decisions 100538 and 100539 – Extent
Posted on 18 Oct 2010 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart D. Colburn, Shareholder, Downs Stanford Appeals Panel Decision 100538 – Extent The sole issue at the Contested Case Hearing (CCH) is whether the compensable injury extended to osteoarthritis at the right hip. The extent of... Read More