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Virginia Court Clarifies “Sudden Mechanical or Structural Change” Requirement

A Virginia appellate court, affirming a decision by the state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission, held that a claimant need only prove her accident caused one “sudden mechanical or structural change” to her body to collect compensation for any injury caused by … Continue reading

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Oregon Court Reiterates that “Susceptible to” Does Not Equate with “Preexisting Condition”

Court Nevertheless Reverses and Remands Board’s Decision That Had Awarded Benefits The Court of Appeals of Oregon recently reiterated that a mere susceptibility or predisposition that does not contribute to the cause of symptoms or a need for treatment is … Continue reading

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Colorado DIME Physician's Opinion Not Always Given Presumptive Deference

DIME Physician’s Opinions as to the Cause of Engineer’s Narcolepsy Not Afforded Special Deference By virtue of a special Colorado statute [Colo. Rev. Stat. § 8-42-107(8)(b)(III)], a division-sponsored independent medical examination (DIME) physician’s opinions concerning maximum medical improvement and impairment … Continue reading

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No Recovery for Home-Based Workers’ Comp Adjuster Who Trips Over Her Dog

Deeply Divided Florida Court Says Risk of Tripping Did Not Arise Out of Employment Emphasizing that eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits turns on whether the employment led to the risk of injury, i.e., whether there was a sufficient causal connection … Continue reading

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Split Virginia Court Affirms Denial of Airport Worker’s Electrocution Claim

Lip Service Given to “Liberally Construing” the “Arising Out of” Tests In a split decision, the Court of Appeals of Virginia, tipping its hat to the notion that the workers’ compensation statutes should be liberally construed to effect a beneficent purpose, affirmed … Continue reading

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Divided Kansas Court Says Lab Test Results Showing Marijuana Were Admissible

Rules of Evidence Do Not Strictly Apply to Comp Hearings Stressing that in workers’ compensation hearings, the Kansas Rules of Evidence do not apply and that even hearsay evidence may be admitted if it is sufficiently reliable, a divided Kansas … Continue reading

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Oklahoma Claimant Awarded Additional Benefits After Freak Accident at Medical Facility

If It Weren’t For Bad Luck, She’d Have No Luck at All An Oklahoma workers’ compensation claimant is entitled to additional benefits following a bizarre incident in which she sustained further injuries to her knee in 2012 at a medical … Continue reading

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Greetings From Nashville

ABA Workers’ Compensation Midwinter Conference is Ongoing in “Music City” Heavy rain greeted attendees yesterday at this year’s ABA Workers’ Compensation Midwinter Conference in Nashville, but inside the Westin Nashville Hotel, the atmosphere was convivial and the sessions were informative.

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Worker’s Fall Was Not Idiopathic, in Spite of Opinion Offered by IME

In an unpublished decision, an Arizona appellate court found that the evidence in the record supported an ALJ’s award of workers’ compensation benefits to an office worker who sustained a compound fracture of her left forearm when, as she was … Continue reading

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Virginia Employer Proves Employee Was Intoxicated, But Still Loses Case

The Court of Appeals of Virginia recently reiterated that in order to defeat a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, it is not enough to show that an employee was intoxicated at the time of his or her injury; the employer … Continue reading

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