An appellate court will generally defer to the findings of fact made by an administrative judge in a workers’ compensation case. In In Re Sosa’s Case, a man hurt his spine and left shoulder in an industrial accident in May 2007. Following the incident, the man received § 34 temporary total incapacity workers’ compensation benefit payments through November 2007. In January 2012, the worker again sought § 34 benefits related to the same accident. In addition, the man asked an administrative judge to award him § 35 medical benefits.
Following a hearing, the judge stated the employee was not credible and denied the man’s workers’ compensation claim. After that, the employee asked that a § 11 impartial medical examiner be appointed in the case. Although the doctor stated the worker continued to be impaired by the 2007 industrial accident, the examiner said the man’s injury required no further treatment. In addition, the neutral physician stated it was his opinion that the employee was capable of performing full-time work with restrictions.