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Burt v. Mclean Contracting Co.

Court of Appeals of Virginia. Argued at Norfolk, Virginia
Nov 14, 1995
Record No. 2403-94-1 (Va. Ct. App. Nov. 14, 1995)

Opinion

Record No. 2403-94-1

Decided: November 14, 1995

FROM THE VIRGINIA WORKERS' COMPENSATION COMMISSION

Affirmed.

Oldric J. Labell, Jr., for appellant.

R. John Barrett (Kelly O. Stokes; Vandeventer, Black, Meredith Martin, L.L.P., on brief), for appellees.

Present: Judges Baker, Willis and Bray


MEMORANDUM OPINION

Pursuant to Code Sec. 17-116.010 this opinion is not designated for publication.


Linwood W. Burt (claimant), appeals from a decision of the Workers' Compensation Commission (commission), denying his claim for permanent disability benefits on the ground that his claim was barred, as being untimely, by Code Sec. 65.2-708(A).

Claimant suffered a compensable injury by accident on April 15, 1980. He last received compensation for that injury on January 30, 1990. On September 7, 1994, claimant filed an application for benefits with the commission, requesting permanent disability benefits as a result of the April 15, 1980 accident. An assistant claims examiner denied claimant's application on the ground that Code Sec. 65.2-708 barred its consideration. On October 18, 1994, the commission affirmed the decision of the assistant claims examiner, finding that the claimant last received compensation benefits on September 8, 1981. Claimant moved for a rehearing, and the commission denied the motion on November 17, 1994. Claimant filed a notice of appeal to this Court on November 30, 1994.

It should be noted that this opinion does not address whether claimant timely filed his appeal from a "final decision of the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission," in accordance with Code Sec. 17.116-05 and Rule 5A:11.

Code Sec. 65.2-708(A), Review of award on change in condition, provides that:

A. Upon its own motion or upon the application of any party in interest, on the ground of a change in condition, the Commission may review any award and on such review may make an award ending, diminishing or increasing the compensation previously awarded, subject to the maximum or minimum provided in this title, and shall immediately send to the parties a copy of the award. . . . No such review shall be made after twenty-four months from the last day for which compensation was paid, pursuant to an award under this title, except: (i) thirty-six months from the last day for which compensation was paid shall be allowed for the filing of claims payable under Sec. 65.2-503 [Compensation for permanent loss] . . . .

(Emphasis added.)

The record in this case clearly indicates that claimant's September 7, 1994 application was untimely. Claimant last received compensation for his injury on January 30, 1990 and did not file his application for benefits based upon a change in condition until September 7, 1994. Thus, a time period of more than fifty-five months, more than nineteen months beyond the thirty-six-month statute of limitations set forth in Code Sec. 65.2-708, elapsed before claimant filed his application.

The fact that the commission in its October 18, 1994 opinion erroneously specified the last date which claimant received benefits as September 8, 1981 is immaterial. As the Supreme Court of Virginia stated in Robbins v. Grimes, 211 Va. 97, 175 S.E.2d 246 (1970), "[w]e do not hesitate, in a proper case, where the correct conclusion has been reached but the wrong reason given, to sustain the result and assign the right ground." Id. at 100, 175 S.E.2d at 248.

Claimant argues that the statute of limitations specified in Code Sec. 65.2-708 should be tolled on his behalf. We find nothing in the record to support claimant's contention. See Lucas v. Research Analysis Corp., 215 Va. 336, 337, 210 S.E.2d 143, 143 (1974) (Supreme Court refusing to toll the provision set forth in statute predating Code Sec. 65.2-708 relating to the timeliness of an application based upon a change in the claimant's condition).

Claimant also argues that the doctrine of imposition should be applied in this case; however, he fails to cite any authority which supports this position, and we can find none.

Under the facts of this case, we find no reason to grant the employer's request for sanctions.

For the foregoing reasons, we affirm the decision of the commission.

Affirmed.


Summaries of

Burt v. Mclean Contracting Co.

Court of Appeals of Virginia. Argued at Norfolk, Virginia
Nov 14, 1995
Record No. 2403-94-1 (Va. Ct. App. Nov. 14, 1995)
Case details for

Burt v. Mclean Contracting Co.

Case Details

Full title:LINWOOD W. BURT v. McLEAN CONTRACTING COMPANY and FIDELITY GUARANTY…

Court:Court of Appeals of Virginia. Argued at Norfolk, Virginia

Date published: Nov 14, 1995

Citations

Record No. 2403-94-1 (Va. Ct. App. Nov. 14, 1995)

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