Ruling of Superior Court Judge Reversed by Court of Appeals

Jeffery L. Dickerson

Case Conclusion Date:March 29, 2012

Practice Area:Workers Compensation

Outcome:Superior Court Denial of Medical Benefits REVERSED by Court of Appeals.

Description:Our client suffered a compensable workers' compensation injury while working for Dependable Tire. Since he could not drive, the Employer/Insurer provided him transportation to and from his medical appointments. After attending one of his workers' compensation medical appointments, the van provided by the Employer/Insurer was involved in an accident. The Employer/Insurer argued that the accident was an intervening cause of the client's need for medical treatment and denied him further treatment. While the SBWC rejected the Employer/Insurer's argument, the Superior Court held that the accident was an intervening cause, and terminated the client's medical benefits. The Court of Appeals reversed the Superior Court and ordered payment of the claimant's medical benefits.