In a workers’ compensation claim, evidence plays an important role. There are many different types of evidence that can be considered, including doctor’s exams and testimony from the injured worker. This information is used to help the judge assigned to your claim to determine whether you are entitled to benefits and the amount of benefits that you should receive. Although this sounds straightforward, there are often disputes about the types of evidence that a judge should consider and whether the judge had enough evidence to support his or her final ruling. The Boston workers’ compensation lawyers at Mass Injury Group are available to assist you with learning more about the claims process and whether you are entitled to compensation.
In a recent case, the Massachusetts Court of Appeal was asked to evaluate a claim in which the injured worker suffered an elbow injury while working as a flight attendant. She was unable to work in a full-time capacity for 18 months. At that time, she stopped working due to the pain. She filed a claim for medical expenses reimbursements, but the insurance carrier for the airline denied on the basis that there was an issue with causation. The insurer argued that the medical treatment and elbow injury were not directly related to her job duties as a flight attendant. The judge presiding over the claim disagreed with the insurer and ordered it to pay for the medical treatment. The insurer appealed.
As part of the process, the worker was required to undergo a medical examination from a neutral doctor. The insurer then accepted liability for the accident. The doctor stated in the resulting report that the worker was suffering from the aggravation of an underlying degenerative disk disease as well as other injuries and symptoms. The report noted that the repetitive tasks that the worker performed were the entire cause of some of the medical issues that the worker was experiencing.