Vredenburg v. Sedgwick CMS
Nevada Supreme Court
188 P.3d 1084 (2008)
Danny Vredenburg worked as a bartender for the hotel and casino Flamingo Hilton-Laughlin (Flamingo) (defendant). Vredenburg suffered a compensable injury to his back while working at Flamingo. Vredenburg’s injury caused severe back pain that was not eased by surgery, pain medication, or pain-management therapy. Vredenburg began taking strong pain medication and antidepressants, and he eventually had a morphine pump surgically implanted into his spine. However, these additional measures also failed to relieve Vredenburg’s pain. Vredenburg experienced extreme difficulty walking, he became socially withdrawn, he stopped eating, his physical appearance changed, and his self-esteem decreased. Vredenburg’s doctor diagnosed Vredenburg’s pain as intractable and noted that the pain had caused Vredenburg to suffer a psychological disturbance. The doctor found that Vredenburg was unfit to work and recommended that Vredenburg claim permanent disability status. The next month, Vredenburg wrote several suicide notes and called a friend to say that he could no longer deal with his pain. Vredenburg then committed suicide. A doctor opined that Vredenburg had committed suicide as a result of his chronic pain. Vredenburg’s spouse (plaintiff) filed a claim for workers’-compensation death benefits against Flamingo, asserting that Vredenburg had committed suicide due to his pain from his workplace injury. Flamingo’s insurance administrator, Sedgwick CMS (defendant) denied the claim. A hearing officer and appeals officer both affirmed the denial, and a state district court denied Vredenburg’s petition for judicial review. Vredenburg appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Parraguirre, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 723,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 723,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 45,500 briefs, keyed to 983 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.