Fields & Brown successfully defended a workers’ compensation claim in Missouri

Recently, Fields & Brown successfully defended a workers’ compensation claim in Missouri for a retailer.  The claimant sustained a minor knee injury, but alleged that the injury necessitated a total knee replacement.  The claimant obtained an expert who, at his deposition, testified that the claimant’s need for a total knee replacement was caused by the work injury, but acknowledged on cross examination that he had not viewed any diagnostic imaging to come to this conclusion.  Fields & Brown obtained the opinion of the claimant’s treating physician as an expert, and, after viewing diagnostic imaging of the knee, he concluded that the claimant’s need for a total knee replacement preexisted the claimant’s work injury.  At the hardship hearing, the Administrative Law Judge found the opinion of the employer’s expert more credible and found that the need for a total knee replacement was not caused by the work injury sustained by the claimant.  Troy Larson handled this matter for the firm.

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