Village of Garden City, 112 NYWCLR 247 (N.Y.W.C.B., Full Board 2012).
The New York Workers' Compensation Board held that a worker's myocardial infarction was not caused by work-related stress while performing his duties as a library monitor.
What it means:
In New York, where both of a worker's treating doctors testify that stress can be a precipitating factor leading to a myocardial infarction, but neither opine that his myocardial infarction was likely to have been caused by work-related stress, there is insufficient medical evidence to find a causal relationship between the worker's employment and his injury.
Summary: A library monitor was speaking to a coworker about the events surrounding his prior termination when he became lightheaded and felt chest pains. He was taken to the hospital and was diagnosed with suffering a myocardial infarction. The monitor sought workers' compensation benefits, asserting that he sustained the myocardial infarction as a result of a stressful work condition. The board held that the library monitor's myocardial infarction was not caused by work-related stress while performing his duties.
Evidence indicated that the monitor had prior heart problems, poorly controlled diabetes, and high blood pressure, and had stents inserted to address clogged arteries. The board explained that neither of the monitor's treating doctors opined that his myocardial infarction was likely to have been caused by work-related stress. Both doctors testified that, generally, stress can be a precipitating factor leading to a myocardial infarction. One of the doctors testified that the monitor's cessation of anti-coagulants in preparation for a medical procedure was the likely cause. Therefore, the medical evidence was insufficient to find that a causal relationship existed between the monitor's employment and his injury.
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April 15, 2013
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