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Commission to determine if scratches, staple infections are work related



The Iowa Court of Appeal on Wednesday ordered a state compensation commission to determine whether the cuts and scratches a construction worker said led to a staph infection were acquired at his workplace.

In 2012, owner Kenneth Streit of Streit Construction Inc., who also received an hourly wage from the company, filed a claim for compensation to workers, claiming that his methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection arose from and during his employment, according to documents Streit v. Streit Construction Inc. The company's insurer denied liability.

An Assistant Commissioner for Labor in 2015 considered that Streit had fulfilled his burden of proving that he had an occupational injury.

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6, an employment compensation commissioner reversed the finding, claiming that Streit could not prove that he acquired MRSA from the workplace. He appealed the decision.

In reversing and reopening the case, the Iowa Court of Appeals considered that the commissioner must decide the actual question of whether Streit received the cuts and scrapes at work before deciding whether the MRSA infection was a result of those cuts and scrapes. Catalog

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