Missouri Supreme Court considering case over workers’ compensation law

The Missouri Supreme Court is weighing whether a workers’ compensation law is unconstitutional or invalid based on its language.

In 2014, a new law took prohibiting people with permanent partial disabilities from making new benefits claims through the state’s Second Injury Fund. Instead, the fund was reserved for people with permanent total disabilities.

The Second Injury Fund compensates people who suffer work-related injuries that combine with existing disabilities to create more severe disabilities.

Douglas Cosby, a carpenter from southeast Missouri who was injured in a workplace accident in January 2014, challenged the 2014 change, arguing the law contained conflicting information and was unconstitutional.

In a hearing this week, at least one Supreme Court Judge, Laura Denvir Stith, expressed concerns about the law, saying it features “very, very technical language” that’s written in an unclear manner.

After hearing the case Wednesday morning, the supreme court could rule on it at any point.

Read more: Missourinet


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