A Massachusetts workers’ compensation award must adequately reveal the evidentiary basis and analysis on which it was based. In LaValley v. Republic Parking, Board No. 016230-11, a woman who was employed as a money counter apparently developed nerve compression and carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of the repetitive movements she made at work. After the medical treatment the worker initially received failed to provide her with relief, her physician ordered her to work part-time and refrain from lifting objects weighing more than ten pounds. He also recommended that the employee undergo bilateral carpal tunnel surgery. Although the worker left her position as a money counter in June 2011 in order to undergo surgery, the operation was not performed due to payment issues. The employee never resumed working.
Almost one year after she stopped working, the employee was examined by an impartial doctor pursuant to § 11A of the Massachusetts workers’ compensation law. At a hearing over the worker’s request for § 35 partial incapacity and other workers’ compensation benefits, an administrative judge admitted additional medical evidence due to the complex nature of her repetitive stress injury. Following the hearing, the judge stated he credited the additional medical testimony offered.