Coworker liability, occupational disease key parts of Missouri comp bill
The organization is one of several business and insurance entities supporting the proposal.
The measure would prohibit injured workers from suing coworkers for their occupational injuries. S.B. 572 states that "co-employees shall be released from all liability for workplace injuries or death for which compensation is recoverable under the workers' compensation statutes."
The bill would also include occupational diseases under the workers' comp system instead of allowing those claims to be battled out in court. Opponents have argued the system cannot fairly compensate people who suffer from certain occupational diseases such as those caused by asbestos exposure or toxic chemicals.
The bill also increases the death benefit to $10,000 from $5,000. The legislation was passed by both chambers and sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.
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March 22, 2012
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