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Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Partially Disabled Claimant With Combined Injuries Should Not Receive More Payments Than a Quadriplegic Claimant

Larson's Spotlight on Scheduled Award, Average Weekly Wage, Medical Benefits (Pool Therapy), and Nose Disfigurement. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation Law , has compiled the...

Alabama: Benefits Limited to Scheduled Award Where No Other Body Part Involved

An Alabama appellate court recently reversed a state court’s judgment awarding compensation to an employee based on its determination that his work-related injury affected the employee’s body as a whole, rather than being limited to his knee. Quoting extensively from Larson’s Workers’...

Ohio: Survivors of Worker Who Lapsed Into Coma Shortly Before Death Entitled to Scheduled Benefits in Additional to Death Benefits

Continuing a line of controversial decisions in which the survivors of a deceased employee are allowed to recover not only statutory death benefits following the death of the employee from work-related injuries or occupational diseases, but also scheduled loss of use benefits because, just prior to his...

Iowa: Injured Worker Fails to Show Her Injury Resulted in Injury to Body as a Whole

Where a bartender sustained an injury when she slipped and “did the splits” while working at her employer’s bar, the commissioner’s decision that the bartender sustained a scheduled injury to her leg, and not an injury to her body as a whole, was supported by substantial evidence...

South Carolina: Injured Employee Entitled to PTD Benefits For Significant Impairment to Back in Spite of Return to Work

Evidence that an injured employee has returned to work in some capacity, standing alone, does not rebut the presumption of total disability where the uncontradicted medical evidence indicates the employee sustained loss of use to his back that exceeded 50 percent, held a divided Supreme Court of South...

Washington, D.C.: Absence of Wage Loss May be Considered in Determining Schedule Award

Addressing the question directly for the first time under the current version of the District of Columbia Workers’ Compensation Act, the D.C. Court of Appeals held that the Compensation Review Board (CRB) reasonably concluded that wage loss (or the absence thereof) may be considered, along with...

New York: Amputation of Fingers and Thumb Results in Award That Exceeds Amount for Total Loss of Hand

Where an employee sustained a severe injury to his right hand that resulted in the amputation of all four fingers and his thumb—surgeons were able to reattach part of the thumb, but it had no pinching ability—the Board did not err when it made an award for 100 percent loss of use of the thumb...