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Tag Archives: Workers’ Compensation

Coal miner awarded permanent disability benefits (access required)

An employer wrongly claimed that a coal miner who suffered loss of lung function needed to prove his disability after medical tests “conducted according to” established standards. Background The claimant suffered loss of lung function due to his exposure to ...

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Benefits denied for safety rules violation (access required)

Where a Goodwill driver willfully violated his employer’s known safety rules, he is denied workers’ compensation benefits. Background Appellant was employed by Rappahannock Goodwill. On Oct. 10, 2016, appellant sustained injuries while unloading donated goods from a company truck. Appellant ...

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Teacher’s injury was within scope of employment (access required)

A fourth-grade teacher’s fall from a school bus during a summer trip to visit students entitled her to workers’ compensation. Background Claimant worked for employer as a fourth-grade teacher. In August 2016, while visiting incoming students at daycare centers and ...

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Reliance on treating physician’s testimony affirmed (access required)

The commission was entitled to give greater weight to the treating physician’s opinion and rely on his testimony that physical therapy and massage administered to manage an employee’s pain was reasonable, necessary and causally related to his work injury. Background ...

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Employer fined $25K for failure to maintain comp insurance (access required)

Although an employer objected that a $25,000 fine was “burdensome, excessive and in violation of public policy,” the record showed the employer failed to maintain required workers’ compensation insurance and the fine was affirmed. Background Employer owns and operates a ...

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Challenge claiming too much weight on medical opinion fails (access required)

An employer’s argument that the worker’s comp commission gave too much weight to a medical opinion, and ignored contrary evidence in the record concerning an employee’s injury, was not a valid basis to challenge its decision. Background On Oct. 17, ...

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Court rejects employer’s challenge to workers’ comp commission decision (access required)

An employer’s argument that the worker’s comp commission gave too much weight to a medical opinion, and ignored contrary evidence in the record concerning an employee’s injury, was not a valid basis to challenge its decision. Background On Oct. 17, ...

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