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An appeal underway in a case involving a woman who had her workers’ compensation benefits pulled for failing to stop smoking while undergoing medical treatments is likely to address novel questions about the application of longstanding principles to new facts, attorneys say.

And, according to the woman’s lawyer, the case could establish precent allowing employers to use a broad range of claimants’ underlying health conditions to suspend benefits.


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