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Mattick v. Hy-Vee Food Stores

August 14, 2017  |   By Katherine R. Bealka  

Mattick v. Hy-Vee Food Stores, No. A16-1802 (Minn. 2017) This matter involves an Employee with pre-existing degenerative arthritis in her right ankle, for which she underwent surgery in 2000, prior to working for the Employer. On January 18, 2014 the Employee tripped over a pallet at work, twisting her right ankle. She was diagnosed with an ankle sprain. The Employee continued working and was not provided...

Weatherly v. Hormel Foods Corp.

July 10, 2017  |   By Katherine R. Bealka  

Weatherly v. Hormel Foods Corp., No. WC17-6038 (W.C.C.A. June 13, 2017). The employee in this matter sustained an injury to his right knee on July 29, 2015 when he slipped on ice in a freezer while working for the self-insured employer. The employee underwent an MRI that revealed a meniscus tear and a complete tear of his ACL.  He subsequently treated with Dr. Eckstrom who opined that the employee’s...

Younghans v. Johnson Bros. Liquor, et al.

May 30, 2017  |   By Katherine R. Bealka  

Younghans v. Johnson Bros. Liquor, et al., No. WC16-6017 (WCCA May 12, 2017). The employee in this matter sustained three separate injuries involving his cervical spine/neck along with other body parts. The first injury was a work-related incident occurring on March 30, 1988 during the course of his employment with Johnson Bros. Liquor, while lifting a case of liquor that was glued to a pallet. The...

Galen Koll v. Independent Sch. Dist. 345, et al.

April 30, 2017  |   By Katherine R. Bealka  

Galen Koll v. Independent Sch. Dist. 345, et al., No. WC16-5992 (WCCA Mar. 16, 2017). The employee sustained an injury when he slipped and fell while working for the employer.  The employee’s treating doctor diagnosed him with a traumatic brain injury and a sprain/strain to his cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. The employee obtained additional diagnoses from other treating providers relating...

Fishback v. Am. Steel & Indus. Supply, et al.

March 13, 2017  |   By Katherine R. Bealka  

Fishback v. Am. Steel & Indus. Supply, et al., No. WC16-5943 (WCCA Feb. 3, 2017). The employee in this matter sustained a fatal injury while working for the employer.  The employee’s surviving spouse and four minor children began receiving dependency benefits from the insurer in 1996. The employee’s surviving spouse indicated that she was receiving social security benefits, requiring the insurer...

Leuthard v. Craig Tree Serv

December 12, 2016  |   By Katherine R. Bealka  

Leuthard v. Craig Tree Serv., No. WC16-5926 (W.C.C.A. Oct. 6, 2016) The employee appealed the compensation judge’s denial of a referral to Dr. Andrews. The employee sustained an admitted injury on July 4, 2003 when throwing a heavy log off a roof. He injured his right shoulder and upper back. Subsequently, the employee underwent multiple tests. The employee had an unremarkable cervical spine MRI...

Mattick v. Hy-Vee Food Stores

December 12, 2016  |   By Katherine R. Bealka  

Mattick v. Hy-Vee Food Stores, No. WC16-5946 (W.C.C.A. Oct. 14, 2016) The employee in this matter appealed the compensation judge’s decision denying benefits as she found the employee’s work injury was temporary and resolved. The employee worked as a cake decorator for Hy-Vee. On January 18, 2014 the employee tripped over a pallet at work and twisted her right ankle. The employee had some pre-existing...

McGrath v. Kemps, LLC, et al

October 10, 2016  |   By Katherine R. Bealka  

McGrath v. Kemps, LLC, et al., No. WC15-5882 (WCCA July 22, 2016) The employee in this matter appeals the compensation judge’s decision denying a claimed Gillette injury to the employee’s right hip. The employee was a route delivery driver who sustained a work-related injury to his low back and left hip on December 5, 2005 when he pulled a release lever for a dock plate. The employer and insurer...

Sanchez Marcial v. Atlas Staffing, Inc., et. al.

October 10, 2016  |   By Katherine R. Bealka  

Sanchez Marcial v. Atlas Staffing, Inc., et. al., No. WC16-5914 (WCCA Sept. 7, 2016) Both parties appealed the compensation judge’s decision in this matter. The employee was an inspector and would examine aluminum parts. On June 11, 2014 when lifting a part weighing approximately 40 pounds he experienced sharp low back pain. He reported the injury to his supervisor and office manager. The employee...

Yupa v. Prime Home Constr., et. al

October 10, 2016  |   By Katherine R. Bealka  

Yupa v. Prime Home Constr., et. al., No. WC15-5886 (WCCA Aug. 15, 2016) The employee in this matter appeals the compensation judge’s determination that he failed to prove he is not currently entitled to an additional 10% PPD for a permanent inner ear injury. The employee also appeals the judge’s determination that the employee was not permanently and totally disabled as of the date of hearing. The...

Perez v. MPLSP Hotel Corp., et. al.

October 10, 2016  |   By Katherine R. Bealka  

Perez v. MPLSP Hotel Corp., et. al., No. WC16-5918 (WCCA Sept. 20, 2016) The employer and insurer in this matter appeal from the compensation judge’s Order Disapproving Stipulation and the OAH supervising judge’s Order Denying Motion to Disqualify. The employee worked as a housekeeper for Comfort Suites. She twisted her left knee while cleaning a room. After receiving a hinged knee brace and undergoing...

Grage v. Acme Elec. Motor, Inc., et. al

October 10, 2016  |   By Katherine R. Bealka  

Grage v. Acme Elec. Motor, Inc., et. al., No. WC15-5898 (WCCA Sept. 2, 2016) In this matter, the employee’s dependent surviving spouse appeals the compensation judge’s decision that she is not qualified to receive vocational rehabilitation services pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 176.102, subd. 1a. The employer and insurer cross-appeal the compensation judge’s award of reimbursement for a bench monument...

Hendricks v. AVR, INC., et al

September 09, 2016  |   By Katherine R. Bealka  

Hendricks v. AVR, INC., et al., No. WC16-5902 (WCCA July 25, 2016) The employee worked as a commercial truck driver. On April 4, 2014 when the employee exited his truck, he fell and landed don his back. He also reported hearing a “crunching” sound in his neck. The employee reported his injury to the employer. The employee requested a winter layoff from the employer, which was granted. The employee...

Ganun v. Vinco, Inc., et al

September 09, 2016  |   By Katherine R. Bealka  

Ganun v. Vinco, Inc., et al., No. WC15-5851 (WCCA Jan. 19, 2016) The employee in this matter appealed a compensation judge’s determination that he reached MMI, that he sustained a temporary rather than permanent injury, and that a proposed surgery was not reasonable and not necessary. The employee fell from a ladder at work on January 2, 2014. It is undisputed that he hit his shoulder on an electrical...

Arneson v. Alexandria Extrusion, et al

September 09, 2016  |   By Katherine R. Bealka  

Arneson v. Alexandria Extrusion, et al., No. WC15-5850 (WCCA March 18, 2016) The employee in this matter appeals the compensation judge’s denial of her permanent total disability claim. On January 9, 2009 the employee, a machine operator, began experiencing pain in her mid-back, heaviness in her arms, and pain and numbness in her hands. The employer admitted liability for the thoracic spine injury....

Allen v. Minn. Vikings Football Club, et al

September 09, 2016  |   By Katherine R. Bealka  

Allen v. Minn. Vikings Football Club, et al., No. WC15-5846 (WCCA July 14, 2016) The employee in this matter appeals the compensation judge’s decision denying temporary partial disability benefits. The employee was a professional football player who sustained multiple concussions. Two concussions were reported to the employer and admitted as injuries (dated November 7, 2010 and December 18, 2011),...

McGrath v. Kemps, LLC, et al.

September 09, 2016  |   By Katherine R. Bealka  

McGrath v. Kemps, LLC, et al., No. WC15-5882 (WCCA July 22, 2016) The employee in this matter appeals the compensation judge’s decision denying a claimed Gillette injury to the employee’s right hip. The employee was a route delivery driver who sustained a work-related injury to his low back and left hip on December 5, 2005 when he pulled a release lever for a dock plate. The employer and insurer...