39-72-701, MCA

[1983] Fellenberg v Transportation Ins. Co. [3/19/04] 2004 MTWCC 29 Under the 1983 law, where a claimant suffering from an occupational disease voluntarily retired and removed himself from the labor market long before the onset of alleged permanent total disability, he has not suffered a wage loss attributable to his occupational disease and is not entitled to permanent total disability benefits on that basis. He also failed to provide persuasive evidence that he has no reasonable prospect of employment should he decide to return to the labor market and is therefore not entitled to permanent total disability benefits on that basis. Affirmed in Fellenberg v. Transportation Ins. Co., 2005 MT 90

[1985] W.R. Grace & Co. and Transportation Ins. Co. v. Riley [3/23/98] 1998 MTWCC 26 Under section 39-72-701, MCA (1985), previously interpreted by this Court in Manweiler v. The Travelers Ins. Co., WCC No. 9511-7445 (6/6/96), the amount and duration of death benefits under the Occupational Disease Act is governed by the death benefits provisions of the Workers' Compensation Act, including section 39-71-721, MCA (1985), which states that where an injured or diseased worker subsequently dies, the beneficiary "is entitled to the same compensation as though the death occurred immediately following the injury, but the period during which the death benefits is paid shall be reduced by the period during or for which compensation was paid for the injury." As previously held in Manweiler, the insurer is entitled to a credit for any portion of settlement monies paid to decedent which are attributable to periods of time after decedent's death.

[1993] Ingebretson v. Louisiana-Pacific Corp. [12/14/94] 1994 MTWCC 113 Although self-insured employer brought claimant back to work prior to MMI by offering him work within his restrictions (see section 39-71-701(4), MCA (1993)), it assigned him work that caused him pain, and refused to heed his requests for reassignment. When claimant fell asleep at work the next day, it was because his employer-caused pain had caused a sleepless night. Employer’s purported termination for sleeping at work was a pretext for the employer to rid itself of a disabled employee, making the alternative job “no longer available” to claimant and entitling him to reinstatement of temporary total disability benefits. Claimant was entitled to temporary total disability benefits, attorneys fees, and penalty. Affirmed in Ingebretson v. Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, 272 Mont. 294 (1995) (No. 94-622).

[1993] Ingebretson v. Louisiana-Pacific Corp. [12/14/94] 1994 MTWCC 113 Pursuant to section 39-72-701(1), MCA (1993), of the Occupational Disease Act, section 39-71-701(1), MCA (1993) of the Workers’ Compensation Act regulates an occupational disease claimant’s entitlement to temporary total disability benefits.