Case name: Bond v. Superior Mulch, Inc., 18 FLWCLB 95 (Fla. JCC, West Palm Beach 2011).
A Florida judge of compensation claims ordered an employer to provide a worker with the i-LIMB hand prosthesis and therapy to assist him with the use of the prosthesis.
What it means: In Florida, the i-LIMB hand prosthesis can be medically necessary to improve and aid in a worker's recovery by enabling him to use a pointing finger for key stroke purposes and by providing fine motor precision.
The worker's right, dominant arm was amputated below his elbow as a result of a work accident. He was initially evaluated for a prosthesis and was recommended the i-LIMB. The employer refused that recommendation and provided the worker with two less expensive prosthetic devices. The worker and his doctor performed additional research on the i-LIMB, and the doctor opined that the i-LIMB was medically necessary to maximize the worker's recovery and provide a greater level of function. The JCC agreed and ordered the employer to provide the i-LIMB prosthesis and therapy to assist the worker with the use of the prosthesis.
The doctor opined that the i-LIMB would aid in the worker's recovery by enabling him to use a pointing finger for key stroke purposes and by providing fine motor precision where all five digits could independently control grip strength. The doctor also said the i-LIMB was neither experimental nor investigational.
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August 15, 2011
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