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MO: Workers’ Comp Referrals for Violations Doubles in 2010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – T he Missouri Labor Department's Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) fraud and noncompliance referrals to the Attorney General for workers’ compensation violations more than doubled in the first quarter of 2010 when compared to the same time period in 2009...

MO: A.M. Best Revises Outlook of Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Company

OLDWICK, NJ - A.M. Best Co. has revised the outlook to stable from positive and affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and issuer credit rating of "a-" of Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Company (MEM) (Columbia, MO). The revised outlook reflects the recent moderate deterioration...

MO: Carpal Tunnel Defense Condemned as “Junk Science”

A grocery store cashier developed a work-related carpal tunnel syndrome, according to a recent award affirmed by the Commission that condemned the employer's reliance on an ergonomist as tantamount to a fraudulent defense based on junk science. The case is King v Dierberg's Markets , DOLIR 5...

MO: Claimant Avoids Mandatory Drug Test by “Good Faith” Effort

The employer failed to prove claimant "refused" to take a mandatory urine drug test following an injury to his thumb, when claimant made a "good faith" attempt to urinate and claims he was just too dehydrated. The case is Todd v Alstom Power Inc ., DOLIR 5-20-10. Section 287.120...

MO: Commission Reverses Award for Blindness

The commission in a 2-1 decision reversed an award of disability for blindness, in the 6-24-10 decision, Bion do v Dial Corp. Claimant, 47, sustained blindness in his left eye, which he relates to sudden movements in 2004 while pulling a 150-pound hose in his work as a raw material unloader. The administrative...

MO: Commission Cuts Percocet From Future Medical Award

The Commission may limit the scope of some future medical awards not only to what body parts are compensable but what specific drugs are reasonable. A recent Commission case prohibits certain narcotics to manage pain from an automobile accident. Claimant failed to show entitlement to percocet, Meyer...

MO: Labor Director Says Workers' Comp Prosecution Referrals Up 84 Percent

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Labor Director Larry Rebman says he has referred 184 workers' compensation fraud cases this year to the Attorney General - an increase of 84% from last year - and that he believes many employers are dropping workers' compensation insurance due to the recession. Source...

MO: Failed Return to Work Renders Claimant PTD

A claimant who returns to work may still be a permanent total, according to a recent Missouri Commission case that finds a claimant who returns with accommodations or who experiences difficulty performing job duties may still be unable to maintain gainful employment. Discovery of a potential permanent...