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Insurance Company Ordered to Give A Computer System To A Homebound Latex Victim

Workers' Compensation

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A Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court has ordered that a personal computer system be furnished to a homebound former healthcare worker suffering from latex sensitivity. This ruling is consistent with a national trend by the courts toward recognizing the catastrophic impact of latex allergy on general life pursuits.

Dependents of Latex Allergic Hospital Worker Awarded Workers' Compensation Benefits

Latex Allergy

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 Janeth McFarlane worked at the Baptist Hospital in Florida for approximately two years prior to November 1, 1996. She had used latex-powdered gloves. Her employer had ordered, but had not received, powder-less gloves. During her employment she did experience some respiratory difficulty but was unaware of the cause. On November 1, 1996, immediately after using latex powdered gloves, she went into respiratory failure. Her co-workers attempted to revive her but were unsuccessful. 

Iowa Court Liberalizes Latex Claims

Latex Allergy

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In a landmark case, the Iowa Supreme Court decided that latex allergy/sensitivity claims are to be considered work-related accidents rather than occupational diseases and that sensitized workers are entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits including those for loss of functional ability. The Court's decision to pinpoint the reaction to a specific event rather than a long period of occupational exposure will make it easier, less complicated, and less costly for injured workers to claim benefits.  

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