Missouri Chamber Legal Foundation weighs in on injury case that could re-open settled claims

Missouri Chamber

MOLegalFoundLGAn attorney argued before the Missouri Supreme Court on Sept. 2 that injured workers should be able to continue receiving temporary disability benefits even after they’ve healed as much as possible.

“The temporary and total disability statute—287.170—does not mention any requirement that benefits stop at maximum medical improvement,” said attorney Jonathan Sternberg. “Instead, it requires that they continue throughout the rehabilitative process.”

If the Missouri Supreme Court sides with Sternberg and his client, injured worker Carl Greer, it could reopen years of long-settled injury claims, potentially allowing other injured workers to go back on temporary disability and seek additional medical treatments. This would make it difficult for Missouri employers to ever find closure in injury cases.

Jonathan Sternberg, attorney for injured worker Carl Greer. Click to watch highlights from the hearing. Jonathan Sternberg, attorney for injured worker Carl Greer. Click to watch highlights from the hearing.

That’s why the Missouri Chamber Legal Foundation filed an amicus brief on behalf of the business…

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