Workers’ Compensation Claim Denied
Lynn Olmert obtained a dismissal for her client in a workers’ compensation claim. In this case, the claimant originally sustained a compensable injury to his back, for which medical and income benefits were provided. Following back surgery, the claimant was eventually released to regular duty but was subsequently terminated by the employer for stealing. Several months later, the claimant returned to the panel doctor and surgery was recommended. The claim was controverted on the grounds that the claimant had been involved in activities that were strenuous enough to break the chain of causation between the original accident and the current need for surgery. On April 23, 2013, the Judge ruled in favor of the employer/insurer and found that the claimant was no longer entitled to any additional medical or indemnity benefits and closed the claim in its entirety. No appeal was filed.