James v. Tractor Supply Company & Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.

Decided: March 18, 2021

Topic: 201(4) Preexisting Condition

This appellate decision involves an appeal of the ALJ’s (Elwin) decision finding that there was no medical opinion to support that the alleged work injury was a compensable aggravation of the employee’s preexisting condition.

Five days before the alleged date of injury, the employee was undergoing physical therapy when she reported left upper back and neck pain with tingling into her left arm and hand. A few days later, at work, she was moving 50 lb. bags of product when she experienced neck pain.

On appeal, the employee argued that the change in the treatment plan and the imposition of work restrictions following the alleged work injury were sufficient to establish a compensable aggravation of a preexisting condition. The ALJ disagreed, finding such to be insufficiently persuasive to establish compensability. The Appellate Division upheld the decision.

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