Supreme Court Says Worker Cannot Be Compensated For Surgery

7/2/17 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled by a 4-3 vote Friday against a Walmart employee in Chippewa Falls who wanted compensation for surgery that turned out not to be work related. Tracie Flug strained her back while working in 2013. When she returned to her job, she filed a claim to have Walmart pay her medical expenses. According to Justice Daniel Kelly, who wrote the majority opinion, Flug’s surgery did not treat the work-related back strain, but a preexisting degenerative disc disease. The operation left her partially disabled, and the court said Flug was under the impression that the back strain caused her disability, but it did not. Therefore she was not entitled to a compensation order from the state’s Labor and Industry Review Commission.