Workers' Compensation

Contested workers’ compensation heart disability case. The injured worker retired, and 10 years later developed a heart condition leading to a heart attack and 40 percent disability of the heart. The insurance company claimed that the heart attack was not related to the original claim. The Commissioner awarded $135,000 dollars in heart disability payments and sanctioned the employer, awarding $24,000 dollars in attorneys’ fees for an unreasonable contest of the claim.