Carissa Battle v. Palm Beach County School District and Sedgwick CMS

In Carissa Battle v. Palm Beach County School District and Sedgwick CMS the E/C accepted compensability of claimant’s left foot injury but denied claims related to arm, hand and shoulder injuries. Claimant alleged the knee scooter provided for her foot injury was defective and caused her to fall and injure the disputed body parts. Other than her own testimony, claimant offered no evidence to support the claim of defect with the scooter. Nonetheless, because the scooter had been provided by the E/C for the compensable foot injury the JCC found the fall while using the device to be related and concluded the subsequent fall was compensable. The medical evidence, however, focused only on a right shoulder injury. Compensability of right shoulder GRANTED; compensability of hands and arms DENIED; TPD DENIED for lack of causal relationship; electric scooter DENIED for lack of medical necessity.

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