Piece of Missouri legislation looks to help injured workers fund

Monday, February 15, 2010 | 8:12 a.m. CST; updated 9:45 a.m. CST, Monday, February 15, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri House committee is considering legislation designed to help a financially troubled fund for injured workers.

The Second Injury Fund covers claims from workers with previous injuries or conditions who are re-injured on the job. Analysts have warned for years the fund was running out of money, and the attorney general's office stopped settling injured workers' cases last fall.

A bill by Republican House member Barney Fisher of Richards would cap settlements and restrict the type of injuries that qualify for Second Injury Fund payments.

A House committee chaired by Fisher scheduled a hearing on the measure Monday afternoon.


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