Reed v. Chandler-Wilbert Vault Co., 122205 MNWC, WC05-232

Docket Nº:WC05-232
Case Date:December 22, 2005
Court:Minnesota
 
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RICHARD S. REED, Employee/Appellant,
v.
CHANDLER-WILBERT VAULT CO. and HARTFORD INS. CO., Employer-Insurer,
and
SPECIAL COMPENSATION FUND.
No. WC05-232
Minnesota Workers Compensation
Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals
December 22, 2005
         HEADNOTES          PERMANENT TOTAL DISABILITY - SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE. Where the employee had not worked at all during the twenty-two-year interim since his work-related heart injury, where, in addition to his continuing heart condition, the employee suffered from diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, depression, legal blindness, and surgically treated low back problems, and where the judge's decision was otherwise supported by the medical opinion and other evidence of record, the compensation judge's conclusion that the employee had been permanently totally disabled since the date of his work injury was not clearly erroneous and unsupported by substantial evidence, notwithstanding the absence of any vocational evidence in the record.          Affirmed.           Joel C. Monke, Attorney at Law, Woodbury, MN, for the Appellant.           Anne E. Kevlin, Law Offices of Adam S. Wolkoff, Eagan, MN, for the Respondents.           Determined by: Pederson, J., Rykken, J., and Johnson, C.J.           Compensation Judge:Catherine A. Dallner           OPINION           WILLIAM R. PEDERSON, Judge          The employee appeals from the compensation judge's finding that the employee has been permanently and totally disabled since September 27, 1982, as a result of his work-related heart attack on that date. We affirm.          BACKGROUND          For purposes of this appeal, the relevant facts are essentially undisputed. Richard Reed [the employee] sustained an admitted injury in the nature of a heart attack on September 27, 1982, while working for Chandler-Wilbert Vault Co. [the employer]. On that date, the employee was forty-six years old and was earning a weekly wage of $352.00. Since the date of the injury, the employee has not worked and the employer and insurer have been paying temporary total disability benefits, nor has there...

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