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Heacox Hartman



Thomas Coleman recently secured a favorable decision at the Office of Administrative Hearings in a case involving multiple claimed work injuries.

The first injury was alleged to have resulted from an accident involving a motor vehicle and a train, wherein the employee claimed to have suffered significant and permanent injuries to the cervical spine, bilateral shoulders, and back. He subsequently underwent cervical fusion surgery. The second injury involved a claim for PTSD, which the employee allegedly sustained as a result of another accident.

The Compensation Judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings found that the first injury was a temporary aggravation, which resolved within six weeks, and he denied any claims after that time. This included a denial of significant amounts of indemnity benefits and medical benefits, including the cervical fusion surgery. With respect to the PTSD claim, the Compensation Judge denied primary liability for the claim in its entirety.

This was an outstanding result in a case involving significant exposure and a possible permanent total disability claim.