Employee can't connect heart attack to work-related epidural injection
Case name: Perez v. CVS Corp., 15 FLWCLB 182 (Fla. JCC, Orlando 2008).
What it means: The fact that an ailment develops soon after an employee receives treatment for a work-related injury may not be enough to establish that the ailment was causally related to the treatment. Convincing evidence of a causal nexus is required, such as probative medical evidence or persuasive expert testimony.
Summary: An assistant manager sustained cervical injuries when a box struck her head and neck. She received an epidural steroidal injection in her neck to treat her work injury and two injections for pain. Later that day, she suffered a mild heart attack that required evaluation and treatment. The employer/carrier's independent medical examiner testified that he performed an EKG before the heart attack, which revealed a complete block, commonly associated with underlying heart disease. The JCC found that the treatment the claimant received at the emergency room and the eight days of care thereafter were attributable to an unrelated heart condition. As a result, the E/C was not responsible for payment of the related medical bills.
December 16, 2008
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