Cost v. Texaco, Inc., 36856

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Florida
Writing for the CourtDREW; CALDWELL
Citation207 So.2d 437
PartiesPeter T. COST, Petitioner, v. TEXACO, INCORPORATED, the Travelers Insurance Company and the Florida Industrial Commission, Respondents.
Docket NumberNo. 36856,36856
Decision Date28 February 1968

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207 So.2d 437
Peter T. COST, Petitioner,
TEXACO, INCORPORATED, the Travelers Insurance Company and the Florida Industrial Commission, Respondents.
No. 36856.
Supreme Court of Florida.
Feb. 28, 1968.

Joseph V. Barrs, of Barrs, Garnett & Williamson, Tampa, for petitioner.

E. O. Palermo, of Shackleford, Farrior, Stallings & Evans, Tampa, Patrick H. Mears, Tallahassee, and J. Franklin Garner, Lakeland, for respondents.

DREW, Justice.

Upon a review of the record in this workmen's compensation proceeding the Commission

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held 'the deputy commissioner is correct insofar as finding that the claimant suffered an injury arising out of and in the course of his employment' when he picked up a heavy tire without assistance, and that the injury ultimately resulted in a hernia. All of the requisite elements under F.S. Sec. 440.15(6), F.S.A. were found to be present except the requirement that the hernia must immediately follow the accident, which was held to be negated by claimant's testimony that he did not notice a lump until three weeks after the lifting injury.

This conclusion, on the factual findings in this case, attributes to the statute the further requirement that a hernia must be Visible immediately following an accident in order to meet compensability standards. That specific contention was termed a misconception in an early decision of this Court, Atlantic Marine Boat Yard v. Daniel, 1 and the point is discussed at length in an opinion construing the same statutory requirement in a Georgia case cited with approval in Frohman Gear Co. v. Fellows: 2

'* * * we think that * * * the sudden appearance of the rupture, as manifested by accompanying evidences of pain, immediately and without substantial interval following the accident, constitutes an integral part of the resulting hernia within the meaning of the statute; although * * * the statute would not have application unless the rupture was actually followed naturally, in due course, and without interruption by a resulting protrusion. Thus the rupture must appear immediately and be accompanied by pain without any sort of substantial interval following the injury, and the resultant hernia must follow in due, natural, and uninterrupted course from the rupture.' 3

Evidence in the present case that claimant did in fact suffer an accidental injury, accompanied immediately and repeatedly by pain and complaints consistent with the subsequently diagnosed hernia, clearly meets...

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  • Sears, Roebuck & Co. v. Moreno, QQ-246
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • April 24, 1980
    ...Atlantic Marine Boat Yard v. Daniel, 138 Fla. 864, 190 So. 612 (1939) (lump appeared one month following accident); Cost v. Texaco, Inc., 207 So.2d 437 (Fla.1968) (lump discovered three weeks later); Exxon Co. v. Alexis, 370 So.2d 1128, 1130 (Fla.1979) (injury apparent two months later). As......

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