- Court: Oregon Court of Appeals
- Area(s) of Law: Workers Compensation
- Date Filed: 02-08-2012
- Case #: A145985
- Judge(s)/Court Below: Hadlock, J. for the Court; Ortega, P. J; & Brewer, C. J.
- Full Text Opinion
Velazquez filed a workers' compensation claim, asserting a compensable occupational disease in his hands, arms and shoulders caused by his work as a computer network engineer for Mentor Graphics. Mentor Graphics denied the claim, asserting that Velazquez's work was not the major contributing cause of his disease. The Workers' Compensation Board set aside the denial after finding that Velazquez was diagnosed with "chronic muscular tension pain" caused by long hours of computer work. Mentor Graphics appealed, arguing that the board failed to address whether Velazquez proved the existence of a disease caused by work or merely that work caused symptoms of an underlying disease. The Court of Appeals was unable to determine from the board's order whether it found that Velazquez proved the existence of an occupational disease, not just symptoms. Remanded so that the board could address that point.