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MO: Court Remands Permanent Total Claim for Arthritis

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-related osteoarthritis did not combine with pre-existing...

Texas Appeals Panel Decisions 100538 and 100539 – Extent

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 injury designated doctor opined the injury extended...

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...

New Arthritis Study Shows O*Net Could Help Predict Chronic Disease

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 to estimate the long-term risks of contracting other...

California: IMR Reviewer’s Conclusion Contradicted by IMR Reviewer’s Own Summary of Case

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. P.D. LEXIS --, the WCAB rescinded the WCJ’s...