Goble v. Mont. State FundAnnotate this Case
In two separate cases, Appellants were injured in the course and scope of their employment. Montana State Fund (SMF) paid Appellants indemnity and medical benefits. Appellants were subsequently incarcerated for various crimes, after which MSF terminated or denied payment of permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits. Appellants each appealed their ineligibility to receive PPD benefits. The Workers’ Compensation Court (WCC) granted MSF’s motions for summary judgment as to both Appellants. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the WCC properly determined that Mont. Code Ann. 39-71-744 rendered incarcerated claimants ineligible for disability or rehabilitation compensation benefits; and (2) section 39-71-744 did not violate Appellants’ constitutional rights to equal protection, to substantive due process, to procedural due process, or to be from excessive fines.