In re Worker’s Comp. Claim of Guerrero

In 2011, Appellant suffered a work-related injury. The Department of Workforce Services, Workers’ Compensation Division approved benefits for the jury to Appellant’s left groin, abdomen, upper leg, and knee. After Appellant returned to work, he began experiencing back pain. Appellant filed a claim for the evaluation and treatment of his back pain. The Division denied the claim, concluding that the lumbar spine evaluation and treatment Appellant had received were not related to his originally work injury. The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) denied Appellant’s worker’s compensation claim on the grounds that he failed to prove a causal relationship between his lower back problems and his work-related accident. The district court upheld the OAH’s decision. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the hearing examiner’s conclusion that Appellant’s back problem was not caused by the work-related accident was supported by substantial evidence; and (2) the hearing examiner correctly ruled that Appellant was not entitled to worker’s compensation benefits under the second compensable injury rule. View "In re Worker's Comp. Claim of Guerrero" on Justia Law