On December 20, 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was out voicing his support for legislation that would make it easier for firefighters to access certain benefits through workers’ compensation after they receive a cancer diagnosis. Read the article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
State’s Workers’ Compensation rates should drop for the third year in a row, however that will not prevent the Partisan attack on Missouri’s Workers Compensation laws in the 2017 session.
Missouri employers should expect to see a continued decrease in Workers’ Compensation rates for 2017.
Governor Jay Nixon recently announced progress in Workers’ Comp insurance costs. The Missouri Department of Insurance is recommending a 4.6 percent decrease in Workers’ Comp insurance loss costs next year. That would translate into the third year in a row of decreases in such costs to businesses, with rates sliding down by 9.8 percent over that period.
Out of the state’s 337 active workers’ comp insurers jockeying for business, a total of 225 insurers filed rate decreases this year, with an average decrease of 2.9 percent.
EMPLOYER’S WORKER’S COMP INSURER DENIED MEDICAL CAUSATION – A twenty four year employee at Smurfit Stone/ Rock Tenn injured his ankle, company doctor says it’s a sprain, employee continues to have pain, four months later they agree to send him back to Doctor who says it’s a sprain, refuses to order an MRI. Claimant seeks another opinion with Doctor who orders an MRI and sees a peroneal brevis tear and recommends surgery. The Employer-Insurer refused to provide care. No offer, case was tried and Claimant wins and is awarded past medical bills, payment for lost time at work, and permanent partial disability totaling $60,463.94 with interest due to the Employer/Insurer’s denials.
OTHER RECENT CASES:
EMPLOYER, ARAMARK North American Food Hospitality and Facility Services /Workers Comp Insurer deny medical treatment to employee for right and left shoulder injuries. Nancy Mogab tried case and successfully won medical care including surgery and pain management for the claimant.
SOCIAL SECURITY DENIAL REVERSED for younger individual with learning disabilities and physical disease to his feet and IBS/Colon problems. Multiple hearings and medical and vocational experts retained by the Social Security Administration, denial by ALJ reversed in Federal Court. Ultimately new hearing found the claimant disabled, resulting in back benefits to the Claimant in the amount of $35,000 and additional past benefits to the Claimant’s dependents.
Mogab and Hughes Attorneys, P.C. has more than 50 years of experience winning workers compensation and social security cases. Please call us for a free consultation at 314-241-4477.