Family of opioid user who died cannot sue workers comp insurer
A federal court in Kansas on Tuesday ruled the parents of a worker who died of conditions related to his opioid use in connection with a workplace injury, chronic pain and subsequent depression can’t sue a workers compensation insurer or the third-party administrator over allegations that they were negligent in delaying approval for medical care.
The man in 2017 suffered multiple disc herniations in his neck, which led to radiating pain in his limbs in his work for pet food company Big Heart Pet Brands Inc., which provided nonsurgical “conservative treatment” for his injury under its workers comp insurance plan, according to documents in Civil Action No. 21-2047-KHV, filed in the United States District Court, District of Kansas, in Kansas City.
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