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Court upholds finding woman isn't totally disabled

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Because a woman failed to seek appellate review of the decision by the Worker’s Compensation Board of Indiana that she was not permanently and totally disabled, she waived any claim of error related to that decision, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.

In Janet Stewart v. Richmond Community Schools, No. 93A02-1108-EX-793, Janet Stewart, a former gym teacher, appealed the final judgment by the board that found she was not permanently and totally disabled, as a single hearing member had determined.

Stewart broke her leg while helping a student during a gymnastic maneuver. She received workers’ compensation benefits for the surgery and treatment. A year later, she fell and broke her right hip at home. She claimed the fall was caused by continuing problems with her right leg. She did not return to work.

The single hearing member determined the hip injury was related to the broken leg injury and that she was totally and permanently disabled. The board affirmed that the hip injury was a compensable claim, but reversed regarding total disability and remanded for calculation of her permanent partial impairment. Neither party appealed the board’s decision.

On remand, she argued she was permanently and totally disabled; the member concluded Stewart sustained a 39 percent permanent partial impairment. The full board affirmed this decision.

The COA determined that the full board’s original decision finding Stewart wasn’t permanently and totally disabled was a final award subject to appellate review. Since she didn’t seek appellate review then, she waived any claim of error. The judges cited Cox v. Worker’s Comp. Bd., 675 N.E.2d 1053 (Ind. 1996), in support of their decision.

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  1. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  2. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  3. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

  4. Why in the world would someone need a person to correct a transcript when a realtime court reporter could provide them with a transcript (rough draft) immediately?

  5. This article proved very enlightening. Right ahead of sitting the LSAT for the first time, I felt a sense of relief that a score of 141 was admitted to an Indiana Law School and did well under unique circumstances. While my GPA is currently 3.91 I fear standardized testing and hope that I too will get a good enough grade for acceptance here at home. Thanks so much for this informative post.

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