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Split Court Interprets 'Accident' under 2005 Reforms, Awards Benefits

Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 0

The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals, interpreting for the first time the definition of "accident" under 2005 reform legislation, ruled in a split decision that a worker who injured his shoulder while pulling himself up onto a truck was entitled to benefits. The appellate court also affirmed a Workers' Compensation Commission decision to award benefits to the same worker for a separate knee injury suffered when he stepped on a frozen dirt clod, rejecting the employer's arguments that compensation for such everyday injuries was barred by the 2005 changes to the law,...

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