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Adams v. Board of Review of Industrial Commission

Court of Appeals of Utah
821 P.2d 1 (1991)


Roberta Adams (plaintiff) filed a claim for benefits with the Industrial Commission (defendant) due to pain she developed while working as a telemarketer. A chiropractor found Adams had a number of conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome, which were likely caused by her work. Other doctors concurred with the chiropractor’s diagnosis. The Workers Compensation Fund required Adams to undergo independent medical evaluations. Several Fund doctors determined Adams’s problems were psychological. A psychologist also examined Adams and found she did not have a physical impairment. At a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ), the parties presented conflicting diagnoses. The ALJ denied Adams benefits, based in part on the finding that Adams’s work did not cause her symptoms. Adams appealed to the Commission’s Board of Review. The Commission affirmed the ALJ’s findings and conclusions as its own. Adams appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Bench, J.)

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