Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fund PPD award affirmed

The Commission affirms an award against the SIF for permanent partial disability benefits based on statutory minimums of 15% of the right wrist and ankle. No basis for alleged error is identified. The award does not identify that the SIF offered any expert evidence with a lower disability. Claimant had multiple prior injuries involving the foot/ankle and wrist dating back to 1987, but offered limited medical records. The employer settled the primary case for 37 1/2% disability for two replaced cervical discs, resulting in over $100,000 in medical bills and permanent restrictions of medium duty which precluded claimant from returning to his 3 year career as a firefighter. Battle v City of St. Louis, DOLIR 12-15-10.

ALJ: Carlisle
Atty: Thurman, Smith
Experts: Volarich
Treaters: Taylor