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WORKERS’ COMPENSATION - Claims - Claims procedure - Notice of injury or accident - Time for

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 8:26 AM  

Stated case from the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal (WCAT) to determine whether the five-year audiogram rule in Board Policy 1.2.5AR1 (Policy), which addressed entitlement to benefits for occupational hearing loss, was inconsistent with the Workers’ Compensation Act (Act). The appellant retired in 2007 after being employed as a shipwright for 50-55 years. In 2015, he had his hearing tested and was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss bilaterally for which binaural amplification was recommended. The appellant filed a claim for occupational noise-induced hearing loss with the Board...