Testimony supports finding of HSV exposure almost 30 years ago
Case name: Lancaster General Hospital v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Weber-Brown), No. 1482 C.D. 2009 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 12/15/09).
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court affirmed the grant of a nurse's claim petition.
What it means:
The fact that an employer's records do not document a specific incident that resulted in an injury does not necessarily prove that the incident did not occur.
Summary: A nurse sustained a work-related eye injury that resulted in blindness in one eye. She was exposed to a herpes simplex virus infection in a particular incident in 1979 or 1980. In 2006, the infection recurred, and she lost vision in that eye. She filed a claim for loss of use when her doctor advised her that the corneal scarring required a transplant. The Commonwealth Court affirmed the board's grant of the petition, holding the nurse's vision loss was a result of a specific work-related HSV exposure and was supported by her testimony. The employer's testimony that "most patients could not identify the exact point" that they were infected was rejected.
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February 1, 2010
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