Delacastro v. State ex rel., Wyo. Workers’ Safety & Comp. Div.

In 2007, Appellant suffered a work-related injury to his right hip. In 2009, the Wyoming Workers’ Safety and Compensation Division denied Appellant’s requests for testing and treatment of pain in his back on the grounds that the requests were unrelated to Appellant’s work injury. The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) reversed and ordered that one additional test be performed to determine whether Appellant’s back problems were associated with his work injury. After the results of the test came back normal, the hearing examiner ordered that Appellant was not entitled to further benefits for his back. The district court affirmed. The Supreme Court affirmed as modified, holding (1) substantial evidence supported the OAH decision that Appellant did not satisfy his burden of proving additional testing and treatment of his back were related to his work injury; but (2) future treatment associated with the original hip injury could be submitted for administrative review.View "Delacastro v. State ex rel., Wyo. Workers' Safety & Comp. Div." on Justia Law