Utah Supreme Court Rules on Workers Compensation Fund
The Utah Supreme Court ruled thursday that medical costs for injuries or illnesses associated
with work will now only be paid in proportion to the amount directly connected to the job.
Generally the Worker’s Compensation Fund would have covered all costs for a work related
injury or illness, but the ruling leaves employees responsible for the remaining costs.
The Supreme Court addressed two different cases in which the appellate court ruled the
“compensation” mentioned in Utah’s Occupational Diseases Act would cover medical costs
as well as wages. The two casses involved Tamara Edmonds, a woman with carpal tunnel syndrome,
and Jeffrey Smith, a man with a lower back injury. The court’s unanimous
ruling reversed both the Court of Appeals decisions. Phillip Shell, the attorney for both Edmonds
and Smith, said the ruling may seem fair but will have unfortunate effects on workers.
“It hurts my clients -people who are hurt and out of work… If you get sick at work because
of some chemical and have some pre-existing condition, you have to pay part of that care, even though you didn’t need
treatment before…It’s just a travesty for the injured worker.”
If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, please contact your Raleigh worker’s compensation lawyers
of Scudder Seguin PLLC at 919-851-3311.