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South Coast Framing, Inc. v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (Supreme Court)

Here, Employer files a petition for a writ of review regarding an award of death benefits to a widow and minor child of a worker who died while taking medication related to treat an industrial injury. Worker, who, upon prescription by doctor, was presented with several drugs is alleged to have died upon the cumulative effects of Elavil, Vicodin, Ambien, and Xanax. Supreme Court holds that drugs prescribed in treatment of workers’ industrial injuries that lead to death are applicable in award of death benefits.