SB 829 - This act modifies provisions relating to the Second Injury Fund.

No new claims shall be filed against the Second Injury Fund after July 1, 2012.

Only awards granted prior to July 1, 2012, awards or settlements in cases filed before July 1, 2012 and medical bills incurred and filed by employees of uninsured employers before July 1, 2012 shall be paid by the fund.

The Attorney General shall transmit the projected cost of all legal expenses to the director of the Division of Workers' Compensation. The director shall then withhold sufficient funds to meet the expenses not to exceed 1/4 of the annual appropriation for that purpose.

Under the act, an annual actuarial study shall be made taking into consideration any existing balance carried forward in the fund from a previous year.

The act establishes priority for paying liability of the fund in the following order:

1. Expenses related to the legal defense of the fund.

2. Permanent total disability awards in the order settled or finally adjudicated.

3. Permanent partial disability awards in the order settled or finally adjudicated.

4. Medical expenses incurred prior to July 1, 2012.

This act contains an emergency clause.

This act is identical to SB 417 (2011).


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