Workers' Compensation Board
Since 1987 and pursuant to KRS 342.285, the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Board has been the first step in the appellate process in a workers’ compensation litigated claim. The three members of the board are appointed to four-year terms by the governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate. Board members must possess qualifications of Court of Appeals judges.

Beginning in 1994, statutory alterations obligated the board to render its opinion within 60 days of the filing of the last brief. The cases are randomly assigned to each board member to be the primary author of that opinion. In each opinion, unless it is necessary for a board member to recuse himself from the case, all three will participate in the decision.

From 1994 to present, approximately 65 percent to 72 percent of the decisions rendered by the Workers’ Compensation Board were appealed no further. In the years in which a higher percentage of appeals occur, it generally follows that many of these cases are addressing new law changes. Because of major changes in the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Act in 1994, 1996, 2000 and now with a significant change dealing with coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, appeals addressing first-time issues have tended to increase.

Workers' Compensation Board Members
Franklin A. Stivers
Secretary:
​Tiffanie Martin
Staff Attorney:
Silvana Minella
Michael W. Alvey, Chairman
Secretary:
Theresa Absher
Staff Attorney:
Sarah Bash Brian
Rebekkah Bravo Rechter
Secretary:
Melanie Montgomery
Staff Attorney:
Bill Pospishil
Board Opinions By Month
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Freddy Sizemore vs Nally and Hamilton Enterprises Inc etal 201400355 and 201400354
Zenith Logistics vs Adja Diop etal 201486664 and 201486663
Alliance Coal LLC vs Angela Whitlock etal 201392232
George Collester vs Bill's Riding Stable etal 201400637
University of Kentucky vs Jack Peppers etal 199794907
Ray Ballou vs Enterprise Mining Co etal 201300049
Margie Mullins vs Leggett and Platt etal 201398656
Samuel Todd Webster vs James Welding Now All Purpose Steel etal 201079332
Perry Co Coal Corp vs Anthony Bowling etal 201267487
Denise Lacroix vs Ford Motor Co etal 201300749
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Kent Snyder vs UGN Inc etal 201401093
American Woodmark Corp vs Danny Mullins etal 201191576(1)
Star Tel Systems Inc vs Neal T Puckett etal 201260802
Lion Apparel Inc vs Letha Smith etal 201375117
Stebbins Engineering vs Brian R Haycraft etal 201364444
Trim Masters Inc vs Eva Beth Roby etal 201166743(3)
Elmo Greer and Sons vs Clarence A Turner etal 201169699
James Wiles vs Hefton Farms LLC etal 201201301
Vincent Matteini vs Lexington-Fayette Urban County Govt etal 201359119
AK Steel Corp vs Gary Fields etal 201400598
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Brenda K Elkins vs LKLP CAC Inc etal 200772699
Michael Adkins vs R and D Railroad Construction Inc etal 201358135
Johnny Wheels Inc vs Jessie Inman etal 201370103
Ky Cooperage vs Terry Mattingly etal 201392309
Lyon County Board of Education vs Bobbie Davenport etal 200587220
Dental Health Assoc Inc vs Carolyn Ann Gilvin etal 201280638(2)
A and C Communications vs Henry J Decker etal 201100465(2)
Jeffrey Wilson vs H T Hackney Co Inc etal 201301442(2)
Uninsured Employers Fund vs Jose Acahua etal 201300273
Arch Coal Inc vs Greg Vanover etal 201400342 and 201400339
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William Williamson vs Motorcycle Superstore Inc etal 201193084(2)
Christopher Holt vs The Fresh Market Inc etal 201376150
Anything Groes vs Chris Mixon etal 201176738
Vanessa Lanigan vs Armstrong Hardwood Floor Service etal 201356604
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Lone Mountain Processing Inc vs Millard W Perry Jr etal 201273111
James Halcomb vs American Mining etal 200383401
Timothy Hannah vs Calvin Baker etal 200400504
Pike Co Board of Education vs Donald G Robinson etal 201392740
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Ky Inc vs Patrick Farley etal 201267468
Danny Prather vs Simplex Grinnell etal 201272285
Lone Mtn Processing Inc vs Steve W Sizemore etal 201301196 and 201301195
Arthur Auxier vs Revelation Energy LLC etal 201301612 and 201301609
Daryl Laferty vs United Parcel Service etal 201301923
Sekisui S-Lec LLC vs Allie Frances Benton etal 201197197
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The Harper Co vs Joshua L Zurborg etal 201176267
K and D Mining vs Jack Clem etal 201201531
Gregory McCord vs Louisville Metro Government 198806899
REM Co Inc vs Robert Cummins etal 201174810
Amar Gueye vs Fleet Staff Inc etal 201301973
Linda Ellington vs Kemi etal 200394580
International Coal Group vs Bert Kilburn etal 200780468 and 200695103
Dental Health Assoc Inc vs Carolyn Ann Gilvin etal 201280638
James River Coal Co vs Carter Francis etal 201300557
Marcia Gemmell vs Walgreens etal 201293882
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Kokosing Construction Co Inc vs Phillip Rife etal 201300803 and 201201650
Martin County Fiscal Court vs John Simpkins etal 201171250
199307283 and 199146605.pdf
201301384 and 201173698.pdf
Dana Corp vs Martin Roberts etal 200395433
Northpoint Training Center vs Quincy Lentz etal 201192238
Johnny Wheels vs Jessie Inman etal 201370103
Tin Man Manufacturing Inc vs Charles Burton etal 201101375
Tommy Spears vs Kokosing Counstruction Co etal 201385916
Fire Equipment Service Co Inc vs James Scrogham etal 201080558
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Brandon Bell and Johnnie L Turner vs Rex Coal Co etal 201283766
Linda Dyson vs Lourdes Hospital Inc etal 199339365
Jarrod Jones vs Lexington Fayette Urban Co Government etal 201301512
Dawn Michelle Cox vs Toyota Motor Manufacturing Ky Inc etal 200797230
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Corbett L Dillon vs Jack Cooper Transport etal 201166532
Ryder Integrated Logistics vs Richard Thompson etal 201081010
Jerry W Campbell vs Hinkle Co etal 201172804
Rex Cunigan vs Kuhlman Electric Corp etal 200879685
Brenda Truitt vs Smithfield Foods Inc 201100497
Donald S Hulette vs Toyota Manufacturing Ky Inc 200801231
Charles Freeman vs Dixie Fuel Co etal 200479333
Vicky G Sizemore vs Kay and Kay Contracting etal 201186784
Rent A Center Paris vs Darrin Howard etal 200987201
Big Rivers Electric Corp vs Larry Johnson etal 200997680 and 200573546
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Gayle J Jackson vs Coppage Construction Co etal 200691520
Elmo Greer and Sons LLC vs David Stafford etal 200901496
Ellis W Coleman vs Dept of Transportation etal 201079408
Genesco Inc vs Della Woodard etal 197619345
Cornette's LLC vs Evan Deloach etal 201201278
Harold Lockard vs Solid Massey Energy etal 201188580
Emerson Power Transmission vs Danny Edington etal 201200066(2)
David Hatfield vs Jay and Marty Gray Inc etal 200885913
Larry D Ashlock vs Commonwealth of Ky etal 201096674
Barry Eugene Fleming vs Panther Mining LLC etal 201200911
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Terry Werner vs Bob Ryan Auto Sales etal 200901393
Kings Daughters Medical Center vs Sara Runyon etal 200986730
Christina Brogdon vs Adecco etal 201295707
Lois Fusion vs The Job Shop Staffing Services etal 201200679
James D Winnans vs Brown Transportation etal 201276492
Robert Barker vs W A Kendall and Co etal 201178928
Jose Sanchez Satey vs Tree Tech Lawn and Tree Service etal 201201092
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Willie Slone Jr vs ICG Knott Co Inc etal 201198399
Elkhorn Eagle Mining No 7 vs Billy G Meade etal 199774551
Tamara Daniel vs Ford Motor Co etal 201101390
Bowlin Energy vs Tim Wayne Colyer etal 201300274
Emerson Electric Co vs Delbert Strader etal 201177488
Cedar Creek Coal Co Inc vs Bruce Fields etal 201201195
Louis Carman vs Jackson Purchase Energy Corp etal 201293877
Uninsured Employers Fund vs Stephen R Collins etal 200600207
Meiners Electric vs Jerry Garrett etal 200899189
Christopher Bradley vs Ricky Robinson Construction Inc etal 201075201
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Woodall Construction vs Elige Gregory etal 201200929
Turner Industries Group vs Randy Arnet etal 201097913
Don Tippett vs Switch Energy etal 199300757
Heather Kennedy vs RGIS Inventory etal 200778410
St Catherine of Sienna Church vs Dennis Louis Kramer etal 201001245
Wendy S Canuel vs Atria Senior Living Inc etal 201083732
3M Energy LLC vs Donnie Wagers etal
Twanni Bolden vs Masonic Homes of Ky Inc 200980261
Neon Fire and Rescue vs Jack Mike Conley etal 201166277
North American Stainless vs Kelli M Baker etal 201200401
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Hodges Trucking Co vs Robert W Waldeck etal 200786619
Kristen Reese vs Drayer Physical Therapy etal 201000616
John Robert Ray vs Diebold-Broadspire Insurance etal 201072813
Jet Mechanical Inc vs John Higbee etal 201165495
ZapposCom Inc vs Sonia S Mull etal 201193629
Brian K Reilley vs Autozone Inc etal 201201122
McKesson Corporation vs Phyllis D Hale 200801391
Kristie Dungan vs H T Hackney Co Inc etal 200985693
Wausau Paper Corp vs Jerry Wohner etal 201198539
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Peggy Gay vs Walgreens etal 201171809
EPI Corporation vs Jennifer Boling etal 200585559
Donald Ealy vs RC Trucking Inc etal 201200487
QHT Enterprises Inc vs Keith McHenry etal 201186160
Pike Co Board of Education vs Connie Cantrell etal 201076594
Brad Murphy vs Junction City Volunteer Fire Dept etal 200373825
Collective Brand Inc vs Mary Wedding etal 201099647 and 200875597
City of Ashland vs Taylor Stumbo etal 201097308
Meijer Inc vs Maria Pardo-Armstrong etal 201200554
Jeff Farley vs Ky Mirror and Plate Glass Co etal200696917
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Aluma Kraft Sales and Manufacturing vs Roger Parker etal 200879681
Rodney Smeathers vs Deig Bros Construction etal 200988270
Lanes End Farm vs Carolyn Vorisek etal 200998399 and 200870079
Martin Co Coal Corp vs Clarence Haney etal 201200051 and 201200050
Lifeline HomeCare Inc vs Cheryl Payton etal 201098749
St Elizabeth Medical Center vs William Genter etal 201170625
Carl Deckard etal vs Lamar Smith etal 201200099
Gonzalo Salazar vs Dependable Roofing Inc etal 200978724
University of Louisville vs Ronald Leonard etal 201184222
Robert Franklin vs Bryant Heating and Cooling Inc etal 200973745
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UPS Airlines Inc vs Edwin Corey West etal 200699327
Lexie Pittman vs Webasto etal 201200452
Bluegrass Central Construction Inc vs Eric B Roberts etal 201177232
Paul Jarvis vs A and B Contracting etal 201200063
Richard M Dunn vs Bledsoe Coal Corp-James River Coal etal 201200156
Randy Ellington vs Kemi etal201200266
Christopher Hunt vs Dags Branch Coal Co Inc No 7 etal 200376592
Teco Coal Corp vs Jeffrey Coots etal 201087620
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John Bargo and Clark Bargo Jr vs Hinkle Contracting Co Inc etal 201101207
Linda Potter vs WalMart Stores Inc etal 200901154
Bluegrass Oakwood vs Kathy A Davidson etal 200982591
Gary Robinson vs National Envelope Corp etal 200991151
Taubensee Steel and Wire Co vs Timothy W Saum etal 200974344
Phillip Vanover vs Frasure Creek Mining etal 201199545 and 201101043
David Burgess vs Dant-Clayton Corp etal 200574423
Sutton Rankin Law PLC vs Kimberly M Sutton etal 201070107
Allied Systems Limited vs Timothy J Eagan etal 200578291
Jackie Kitchen vs Trover Foundation Regional Med Ctr etal 201083457
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Bert Kilburn vs ICG Hazard LLC etal 200780468 and 200695103
Judy Ballard vs Fay's Mobile Home etal 201182770
Fox Knob Coal Co Inc vs Ray Turner etal 200682631
Perdue Farms Inc vs James Stewart etal 200978604
Johnny Philpot vs Commonwealth of Ky etal 201199926
Michael Layne vs Informa USA Inc etal 201082713
Martin Co Coal Corp vs Larry Muncie etal 201100680 and 201091274
Robbie Williams vs Federal Materials etal 201100995
RK Trailer Repair vs David P Lawalin etal 201188825
Donna Sebastian vs Community Based Services etal 200879374
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Rick Moberly vs Enterprise Mining Co Inc etal 200972865 and 200564136
Farley Brashear vs Akebono Brake Corp etal 201091045
Sherry Coffey vs Sister Schuberts etal 201168107
Murlon T Lile Trucking vs Jason Stevens etal 200895849
Stride Rite Corp vs Loretta Mullins etal 200882239
Ridgewood Trucking Co vs Earmel Charles etal 201188778
Enterprise Mining vs Johnny Wilder etal 201101566
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Bashir Aden vs Nth Works etal 201101347
ABS Global Inc etal vs Kimberly Nicole Draper etal 201000501
J-Lok Corp vs Ronald Hayes etal 201001255 and 201000960
Sidney Coal Co vs Brian J Reed etal 201082195
Irving Materials Inc vs Larry Smith etal 201091621
Eastern Alloys of Ky LLC vs Warren Matthews Skaggs etal 200886703
Calgon Carbon Corp vs Catherine Webb etal 200988519
Julia Puertas vs JBS Swift and Co et al 201085853
Michael Paul Howard vs Howards West Liberty Auto Parts etal 201100752
Transit Authority of River City vs Albert Florence etal 201087602
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Leanna Atwood vs Connecting Hearts LLC etal 201095778
Tri-Tech Pressure Washing vs John Ridgeway Jr etal 201100757
Pep Boys Moe and Jack vs Christy Frazier etal 200767708
Fort Dearborn Co vs Danny Adkins etal 200974675
Sheila McGohon vs Alyssia Enterprises etal 201083112
Enterprise Mining Co Inc vs Oscar Ritchie etal 201100658 and 201100544
Ealy Watson vs ICG Inc etal 201101220
Louisville Metro Govt vs James Cissell etal 199023273
Triangle Enterprises vs John Stephens etal 200900868
Brenda Nalley vs Active Day Daycare Inc etal 201073210
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Deceased vs Sargent and Green Leaf etal 200775170.pdf
Shelley Myers vs Best Buy etal 200900155
C and S Vaults vs Joe T Preston 201101008
Hardy Corp vs Timothy Bercik etal 200884391
Jerry Garrett vs Meiners Elec etal 200899189
Bizzack Inc vs Cornelius Hall etal 201001375
Stella Ashburn vs Clark Co Board of Education etal 201001592
John Riddle vs Swartz Enterprises etal 201001060
Michael Coleman vs Area Wide Protective Inc etal 201195971 and 201001424
Louden and Co LLC vs Maria Santillanes etal 201100450
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Terry Huff (Deceased) by and through Sandra Huff Widow vs Cumberland Mine Services etal 200782826
Tawanda Lindsay vs Alcoa Reynolds Metals Inc etal 201094935
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