In a fund only case, the Commission affirmed a load of 20% combining a primary back injury and two prior shoulder injuries. Claimant was 63 years old and this was his third comp settlement on his back, which was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. Ruch v Prairie Farms, DOLIR 7-10-2013.
Atty: Keefe, Toepke
In a Fund-only case, the Commission affirmed a loading factor of 12 1/2% for a shoulder injury which combined with prior injuries to the spine and both knees. The Fund offered no medical evidence to contest the claim. Brading v Lincoln Industrial, DOLIR 5-2-2013.
Atty: Maurer, Christianson
A loading factor is discretionary and widely variable among reported decisions. In one case, an ALJ awarded a 50% load to "adequately compensate" the claimant and in another case awarded 30%. Wright v Ford Motor, DOLIR 9-2-09; Hellman v Prairie Farms, 2012 MO WCLR Lexis 5.