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Court: Landfill worker impaired but not disabled (access required)

A Sumter landfill attendant who hasn't missed any time from work due to his 2002 back injury but claimed permanent disability will have to live with the Workers' Compensation Commission's disability rating, the Court of Appeals held Dec. 16. Columbia attorney Mary Sowell League (pictured), who argued the case on behalf of Sumter County, said that when commissioners assess a claimant's disability rating, they have a more global picture of the claimant's injuries, functionality and work abilities. "A disability award is based on a panoply of factors including the ability to work in the claimant's current job or another job, one's age, one's education. ... It's a larger picture, and it is left up to the judgment of the commissioner," League said.

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