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Supreme Court Amends Prior Ruling Overturning Denial of Benefits

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | 162 | 0 | 22 min read

The Hawaii Supreme Court issued a revised decision overturning a denial of additional benefits to a worker for a back injury. Case: Skahan v. Stutts Construction Co. Inc., Nos. SCWC-16-0000663, SCWC-16-0000664, and SCWC-19-0000077, published 12/24/2020, amended 01/08/2021. Facts and procedural history: Kenneth Skahan worked for the Stutts Construction Co. He injured his back while at work in November 2004. Dr. Lora Aller diagnosed Skahan with a chest and thoracic spine strain. Aller removed him from work, and Stutts paid temporary total disability benefits up until October 2005. Skahan req...

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