Langhus v. LIRC

In Langhus v. LIRC, 206 Wis. 2d 494, 557 N.W.2d 450 (Ct. App. 1996), the applicant claimed permanent total disability based on back, legs and shoulder injuries. See id. at 497. LIRC denied Langhus's claim for permanent total disability benefits because he could not demonstrate what portion of his disability could be attributed to his unscheduled back injury. See id. at 507. The Langhus court noted that "LIRC's interpretation does not preclude a claimant who can prove total disability, stemming from both scheduled and unscheduled injuries, from receiving lifetime benefits. Section 102.44(2), Stats., specifically provides that certain combinations of scheduled injuries are deemed to constitute permanent total disability. In other situations, DWD is directed to "find the facts." There is no reason, therefore, that a claimant with both scheduled and unscheduled injuries could not establish facts that would allow LIRC to award benefits for permanent total disability under 102.44(2). The burden of making that showing, however, rests on the claimant." (Langhus, 206 Wis. 2d at 505-06 n.9.)