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Missouri: Court Keeps Civil Case Alive for Work-place Injury

The employer lost its summary judgment in a suit by an employee involving an injury at work based on a plain error review by the court of appeals. The claimant had a pending worker's compensation case which had not resolved whether claimant had an accidental injury. The court concluded summary judgment...

Missouri: Reaction to Flu Vaccine Is a "Comp" Injury

A health-care worker who had a severe reaction to a flu shot in 2005 could collect worker’s compensation benefits even though the shot was not mandatory and not an “accident” as a matter of law. The employer did not require employees to have flu shots, but allowed employees to obtain...

Missouri: No Disability for Hunting Trip Accident

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 from his employment when he was found early on a...

Missouri: No Death Benefits From Toe Fracture

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 proliferative mass of unknown origin, and his fatal...

MO: Working Doesn't Stop PTD Benefits for Claimant

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 Supermarkets , No. 31275 (Mo. App. SD 2012...

MO: Working Doesn't Stop PTD Benefits for Claimant

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 Supermarkets , No. 31275 (Mo. App. SD 2012...

Missouri: Chasing Bad Guy Arises Out of Employment

A robber wearing a ski mask and carrying a box cutter demanded claimant turn over his employer's money. When the employer had only $1 on premises, the robber stole claimant's cell phone and fled. The robber dropped the cell phone but when claimant tried to pick it up he slipped and fell and hurt...

Missouri: Hair Dresser Killed at Salon Receives No Benefits

Claimant worked at a Kansas City, Missouri hair salon and cut hair. He was at home with his two small children in April 2009 when another hair dresser asked him to cover his appointments. When he arrived at the salon, an unknown robber shot him in the upper abdomen and the claimant died later the same...

Missouri: Noxious Smoke and Fumes at Work Caused Myelomas

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 penalties and past medical benefits for over $734...

Missouri: Arthritic Findings Defeat Causation on Shoulder Case

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" at work in 2010 when his right shoulder...

Missouri: Storm Chasing Chief Awarded Benefits for Slipping at His Home

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 storm damage. The employer and the employer's...

Missouri: Appeals Court Remands Retaliation Claim by State Employees

State employees at the Missouri Department of Mental Health claimed they were harassed, intimidated, coerced and punished for pursuing worker's compensation cases and sought money and equitable relief. The circuit court found the plaintiffs could not pursue a discrimination claim under 287.780 because...

Missouri: No Benefits for Alleged Fume Exposure

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 court rejected an argument that the commission must...

Missouri: Commission Guts Benefits to Sex Assault Victim

When there is no other evidence on the issue of rate, the statutory minimum rate of $40 a week applies. The claimant has the burden to prove rate. Boilerplate pleading asserting the "maximum" rate on a claim did not entitle claimant to the statutory maximum rate, even when the employer was...

Missouri: Claimant Entitled to Pre-judgment Interest Against Second Injury Fund

A claimant may recover pre-judgment interest against the second injury fund under "liberal" construction for unpaid bills of an uninsured employer, according the western court of appeals, reversing the Commission which found interest owed only after an award. Eason v Treasurer of Mo., 2012...

Missouri: Knee Injury Produces Dire “Natural” Consequences

After claimant returned to work to unrestricted duty following a knee surgery he reported multiple additional accidents from falling and each new claim added different body parts. The employer argued the second injury fund was liable for a PTD claim due to a combination of multiple injuries. The court...

Missouri: Supreme Court Reverses Comp Benefits From Making Coffee

Claimant was injured in an office kitchen after making coffee and fell when she turned to put coffee grounds into the trash eventually resulting in surgery to her hip and pelvis. The Supreme Court in Johme v St. John's Mercy Healthcare, No. SC 92113 (May 29, 2012), 2012 Mo Lexis 101 reversed an award...

Missouri: Claimant's Pain Complaints Support PTD Award

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 the second injury fund based on this conclusion...

Missouri: Uninsured Employer Faces Wrongful Death Suit After Comp Settlement

An uninsured employer could be sued for wrongful death because claimant's worker's compensation settlement against a statutory employer was not an election of remedies, according to the Missouri Supreme Court in Lewis, etal, v. Gilmore, etal, No. SC 91834, 2012 Mo Lexis 109 (June 12, 2012) ....

Missouri: Court Rejects Co-employee Liability in Wrongful Death Claim

Many Missouri employees have been dragged in court recently regarding workplace injuries following a landmark 2010 case Robinson v Hooker , 323 S.W.3d 418 (Mo. App. W.D. 2010), which concluded the exclusive remedy of the Missouri workers’ compensation act after statutory reform no longer provided...

Missouri: Schoemehl Fix Doesn’t Stop Benefits for Surviving Spouses

The Supreme Court concludes an employer must keep paying comp benefits even after an injured worker dies from unrelated causes. Gervich v Condaire, No. SC 91727 (July 31, 2012), 2012 MO Lexis 162 . In June 26, 2008 the Missouri legislature limited the rights of a surviving spouse's compensation...

Missouri: Schoemehl Fix Doesn’t Stop Benefits for Surviving Spouses

The Supreme Court concludes an employer must keep paying comp benefits even after an injured worker dies from unrelated causes. Gervich v Condaire, No. SC 91727 (July 31, 2012), 2012 MO Lexis 162 . In June 26, 2008 the Missouri legislature limited the rights of a surviving spouse's compensation...

Missouri: Commission Pierces Corporate Veil for LLC Owners

Want to pierce the corporate veil? Go ahead, according to the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission in a 2-0 decision which found uninsured Missouri business owners operating out of their home personally liable for more than $72,000 for a claimant who fell from a ladder in 2008 while installing duct...

Missouri: Supreme Court to Decide if Second Injury Fund Must Pay for Minor Prior Medical Conditions

An employee injured in Missouri may be able to claim additional benefits from the Second Injury Fund (SIF) if the employee had a pre-existing disability that reaches a statutory minimum level of disability. The Commission claims in several recent cases that it is a "common misperception" that...

MISSOURI TOP CASES, powered by Huck, Howe & Tobin (updated 1/23/2013)

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