A forklift operator was mistakenly rejected workers compensation benefits for a workplace accident as the reason could not be determined, a judge at the Kansas Court of Appeal held on Friday and confirmed a court's ruling that his injury could not be ruled out despite a state law precluding accidents resulting in accidents for "idiopathic reasons".
In Estate of Graber against Dillon Cos Terrill Graber had participated in a paid security meeting on the second floor of his employer's headquarters on 21 August 2011. At some point Graber went to a toilet near the stairs and ended halfway down in the concrete staircase and split three vertebrae into the throat and required surgery and use of head restraints for 1
He applied for compensation benefits for employees, which an administrative judge granted after finding that injury arose from and during his employment. The employer appealed and the Employment Compensation Committee found that due to the unknown origin or cause of the fall, it was excluded in the Kansas Workers Compensation Act 2011 change where "the legislator showed a clear intention to exclude such inexplicable and neutral risk damages from remuneration."
Mr. . Graber appealed, a court of appeal reversed the decision and remanded the case to the board. The employer sought an application for review, which was granted, and after his death in 2016, Mr Graber's property was replaced as the plaintiff. The Supreme Court of Kansas confirmed the appeal court's decision. The court argued that "idiopathic causes" refer to medical conditions or medical events of unknown origin that are rare for the injured person – and because there was no substantive evidence that the board found that the accident arose directly or indirectly from an idiopathic cause under that statutory exclusion. that the court should turn around and be taken to the board for reconsideration in accordance with its interpretation.
In order to receive benefits under the Kansas Workers Compensation Act, an injured worker must demonstrate that the worker has suffered personal injury from accident, repetitive trauma or occupational disease arising out of and during employment. In 2011, state legislators exclude compensation from accidents or injuries that "arose either directly or indirectly from idiopathic reasons." "
Although the employer argued that Graber's accident arose directly for an idiopathic cause, the court rejected that argument and considered the act to be an injury that cannot be replaced" only in the case of evidence, damage or accident occurred directly or indirectly by a medical condition or a medical event of unknown origin specific to the plaintiff ".
The Court agreed with the appellant the decision of the Court that there was no substantive evidence to support the Board's assessment that Graber is due to an idiopathic condition and thus  The lawyer for the company refused to comment. The lawyer for the estate did not immediately respond to remarks to comments.