- Court: Oregon Court of Appeals
- Area(s) of Law: Workers Compensation
- Date Filed: 02-29-2012
- Case #: A144114
- Judge(s)/Court Below: Armstrong, J. for the Court; Haselton, P.J.; and Duncan, J.
- Full Text Opinion
Washington County (Employer) appeals a review order in which the Workers' Compensation Board (Board) set aside its denial of Jansen's combined condition claim. Jansen filed a claim for bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome, which Employer accepted. Jansen was later diagnosed with a pre-existing psychological disorders and amended her claim to reflect these disorders. Employer then denied the claim on the basis that the carpal tunnel was not the major cause of Jansen's disability. The ALJ and Board set aside Employer's denial stating that Employer failed to prove that Jansen's carpal tunnel was no longer a major cause. The Court held that, under ORS 656.266(1), (2)(b), if the combined condition includes a compensable occupational disease, then the burden is on the claimant to show the invalidity of employer's denial. Therefore, the Board erred in placing the burden on Employer. Reversed and remanded.