Oregon Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Brown v. SAIF
In May 2014, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued Brown v. SAIF, 262 Or App 640 (2014). The case changed the test for closing an accepted combined condition claim. Prior to the case, in order to close a combined condition claim, a carrier had to prove the accepted condition was no longer the major contributing cause of the need for treatment of the combined condition. In Brown the court held the carrier must prove the compensable injury is no longer the major contributing cause of the need for treatment of the combined condition. SAIF appealed the decision. On Monday, May 11, 2015 the Supreme Court heard oral arguments from the parties. To listen to the arguments click here. A link to the Court of Appeals decision is here.
It is hard to predict when a decision will issue from the Supreme Court. Keep checking the SBH blog for updates. If you have any questions regarding this case please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.