Barnes v. State Indus. Acc. Commission of Oregon

Decision Date09 September 1924
Citation112 Or. 41,228 P. 684
PartiesBARNES v. STATE INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT COMMISSION OF OREGON.
CourtOregon Supreme Court

Department 1.

Appeal from Circuit Court, Washington County; Geo. R. Bagley, Judge.

Proceeding under Workmen's Compensation Act by Leslie S. Barnes. From order of the circuit court, dismissing his appeal from order of the Industrial Accident Commission of Oregon, fixing the amount of the award, he appeals. Affirmed.

W. T McGuirk, of Portland (McGuirk & Schneider, of Portland, on the brief), for appellant.

Miles H. McKey, Asst. Atty. Gen. (I. H. Van Winkle, Atty. Gen., on the brief), for respondent.

RAND J.

The plaintiff, Leslie S. Barnes, sustained a personal injury while engaged in an employment within the operation of the Workmen's Compensation Act (Laws 1913, c. 112). He filed an application with the State Industrial Accident Commission of Oregon for compensation for the injury and secured an award therefor. Subsequently he made another application for additional compensation for the same injury and secured an additional award. All sums awarded upon both of said applications have been paid. After receiving and accepting payment of the amount last awarded to him by the commission, he appealed to the circuit court for Washington county from the order of the commission fixing the amount of the award, and tendered in money the amount thereof to the clerk of that court. The circuit court dismissed the appeal upon the ground, as recited in its order, that:

"It appears from the notice of appeal that plaintiff prior to filing his appeal herein, accepted the award fixed by the commission for permanent partial disability and [that by] indorsing and cashing the check which accompanied said notice of final action, and by accepting the fruits of the commission's final action, he is estopped from appealing therefrom."

He now appeals from the order of the circuit court dismissing his said appeal, and contends that his acceptance of the check and receipt of the money did not operate to waive his right to appeal from the decision of the commission fixing the amount paid him as compensation for the injury which he sustained.

The decision of the commission, from which plaintiff appealed to the circuit court for Washington county, determined the amount of compensation that plaintiff was entitled to receive for the injury he had sustained. This amount was paid to plaintiff by a check issued by the commission, which recited that it was given in full settlement of plaintiff's claim for compensation. Plaintiff accepted the check and converted it into money. If dissatisfied with the amount fixed by the commission as compensation for the injury, plaintiff should have refused to accept the check and have appealed from the order of the commission which fixed the amount so paid. By accepting and cashing the check, plaintiff conceded that the award was valid, for it was only by virtue of the award itself that he obtained the money that was paid to him for the injury he had sustained. By accepting payment of the amount of the award he necessarily affirmed the validity of the award, and his affirmance of its validity thereafter estopped him from in any way disputing its validity, which, of necessity, estops him from prosecuting an appeal, because he cannot appeal from an order without at the same time denying its validity. By accepting and cashing a check for the amount found by the commission to be due him for the injury, he discharged and extinguished his claim for compensation for the injury, and nothing subsequently done by him could revive it. Hence, his tender into court of the amount paid him in satisfaction and discharge of his...

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  • Smith v. Revere Copper and Brass, Inc.
    • United States
    • Maryland Court of Appeals
    • November 1, 1950
    ... ... decision, dated September 18, 1945, of the State ... Industrial Accident Commission. Claimant was ... 484, 485, 83 S.W.2d 310; Barnes v. State Industrial ... Accident Commission, 112 ... ...
  • Pacific General Contractors v. Slate Const. Co.
    • United States
    • Oregon Supreme Court
    • December 3, 1952
    ...courses is, therefore, a renunciation of the other. Cottrell v. Prier, 191 Or. 571, 575, 231 P.2d 788; Barnes v. State Industrial Accident Commission, 112 Or. 41, 43, 228 P. 684; Graves v. State Industrial Accident Commission, 112 Or. 143, 148, 223 P. 248; Portland Construction Co. v. O'Nei......
  • State Bd. of Higher Ed. v. Synod of Or. of United Presbyterian Church
    • United States
    • Oregon Supreme Court
    • April 20, 1966
    ...courses is, therefore, a renunciation of the other. Cottrell v. Prier, 191 Or. 571, 575, 231 P.2d 788; Barnes v. State Industrial Accident Commission, 112 Or. 41, 43, 228 P. 684; Graves v. State Industrial Accident Commission, 112 Or. 143, 148, 223 P. 248; Portland Construction Co. v. O'Nei......
  • In re Blagen's Estate
    • United States
    • Oregon Supreme Court
    • December 15, 1931
    ...of Johnson v. Crook County, 53 Or. 329, 100 P. 294, 133 Am. St. Rep. 834; Moffitt v. Salem, 81 Or. 686, 160 P. 1152; Barnes v. Ind. Acci. Com., 112 Or. 41, 228 P. 684; Graves v. Ind. Acci. Com., 112 Or. 143, 223 P. The opinions in all of these cases were upon the merits rendered upon a fina......
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