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O’Bryan v. Zip Express

decision of the court

Court: Kentucky Supreme Court

Docket: 2020-SC-0262-WC

Opinion Date: December 16, 2021

Judge: Per Curiam

Areas of Law: Government & Administrative Law, Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury

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The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the order of the Board vacating an order of the administrative law judge (ALJ) and remanding the claim back to him to enter an award terminating Michael O’Bryan’s benefits at age seventy, holding that the court of appeals did not err.

O’Bryan received a work-related injury at age sixty-five, leading to his disability. The ALJ found O’Bryan to be permanently totally disabled and awarded him benefits that would continue as long as he remained disabled. On appeal, the Board held that newly-amended version of Ky. Rev. Stat. 342.730(4) applied to O’Bryan’s benefits and that they should terminate when he reached the age of seventy. The court of appeals affirmed, holding that the statute was constitutional. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that O’Bryan’s challenges to the amendment to section 342.730(4) were unavailing.

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