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Missouri Court Says Medical “Expert” Need Not be an M.D.

Opinion of Audiologist With Ph.D. Trumps Opinion of M.D. A Missouri appellate court has affirmed a decision of the state’s Labor and Industrial Relations Commission awarding permanent partial disability benefits to a claimant for a tinnitus condition in spite of … Continue reading

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Colorado ALJ May Not Find MMI Without Appropriate Expert Medical Opinion

A Colorado appellate court recently held that a workers’ compensation claimant may not be placed at the point of maximum medical improvement (MMI) where neither the claimant’s treating physician nor the physician conducting the division-sponsored independent medical examination (DIME) has … Continue reading

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Last Injurious Exposure: What Does “Impossible” Mean?

Oregon Court Says “Impossibility” May be Established by Medical “Probability” Oregon, like the majority of American jurisdictions, employs the “last injurious exposure” rule to assign liability among multiple employers in occupational disease cases. Under the state’s case law, a presumptively … Continue reading

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New York Court Says Attorney’s Ex Parte Text Message to Physician Was Harmless

In a divided decision, a New York appellate court recently held that the state’s Workers’ Compensation Board abused its discretion when it excluded from the record a physician’s medical report and his deposition testimony, based upon the fact that claimant’s … Continue reading

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Nebraska Physician Assistant May Not Sign Medical Report

While the term, “physician,” as defined by Neb. Workers’ Comp. R. 49(O) (2018), generally includes those practicing osteopathic medicine, chiropractic, podiatry, or dentistry, it does not include a physician assistant, held the Supreme Court of Nebraska in Bower v. Eaton … Continue reading

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Iowa: Court Finds Evidence Does Not Support Requiring Employer to Bear Expense of Gastric Bypass Surgery

Because an injured worker offered no evidence, other than her own testimony, that her gastric bypass surgery had been beneficial to her work-related injury, it was error to find the employer responsible for the expense of the surgery, held an … Continue reading

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