In the final hearing of Florida workers compensation case Jessica Shultz v. Nike, an Expert Medical Advisor (EMA) was appointed to determine whether the claimant was entitled to psychiatric care.
The EMA diagnosed the claimant with Adjustment Disorder, but these claims were considered unsolicited. Two Independent Medical Examiners (IME) evaluated and provided reports on the claimant, revealing psychiatric care in her past medical history (prior to her work accident). The E/C’s IME had substantially more information on the claimant’s past, and the claimant filed a Notice of Conflict.
With her prior history considered, the claimant failed to provide evidence that her psychiatric issues were caused by the accident.
Claim for psychiatric evaluation DENIED and DISMISSED