MT WC OD Coverage Extended by Supreme Court

Montana’s Workers’ Compensation Court and the Supreme Court have further expanded coverage under MT”s workers’ compensation laws.  In Clarence Grande v Montana State Fund (DA 11-0492; Supreme Court 2012MT67), the courts have found that pre-existing illnesses and diseases may be covered under workers’ compensation OD if the leading cause of the “worsening” of the condition rather than the plain wording in statute that the workplace exposure must be the major contributing cause to the Occupational Disease.  In a state with the highest costs in the United States, the courts have once again pushed their view of the law to a place where those high costs will be increased even further.  Read the actual case from the Supreme Court @ http://wcc.dli.mt.gov/sccases/Grande_2012MT67.pdf

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