Nebraska: Wheelchair Accessible Van Is “Appliance” Under Medical Care Provisions of State’s Comp Act

Nebraska: Wheelchair Accessible Van Is “Appliance” Under Medical Care Provisions of State’s Comp Act

Noting that it was a case of first impression with the state, a Nebraska appellate court has found that a wheelchair accessible van is an “appliance” under the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act.  Noting that the courts of most other jurisdictions had already made such a determination, the court added it had consistently given the comp act a liberal construction to carry out justly its beneficent purpose to provide an injured worker with prompt relief from the adverse economic effects caused by a work-related injury or occupational disease and that while it had not previously explicitly defined "appliance," it had always broadly interpreted the term.

Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter, is a leading commentator and expert on the law of workers’ compensation.

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See Simmons v. Precast Haulers, Inc., 286 Neb. 480, 2014 Neb. LEXIS 105 (July 3, 2014) [2014 Neb. LEXIS 105 (July 3, 2014)]

See generally Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 94.03 [94.03]

Source: Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, the nation’s leading authority on workers’ compensation law.

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