Work comp payments for dependents, not descendants - Bill heard
April 8, 2021 - On Tuesday, the Senate Insurance and Banking Committee, chaired by Sen. Paul Wieland, heard a bill to limit payment of permanent total disability workers' compensation payments due to occupational disease.
"Previous court rulings have held such payments must be made to the direct descendant(s) of a claimant upon his/her death, but the intent of the law has always been to protect those dependent on the income of the claimant," said Ray McCarty, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Missouri. "The law did not intend to support anyone that is self-sufficient or voluntarily dependent. The payments should be made to those family members that are truly dependent on the claimant's income, not just descendants of the claimant," he said.
The bill is SB 382, sponsored by Senator Eric Burlison. The committee heard the bill. It will be voted on at a later date.