Workman v. McDonnell Douglas Corp., 90-3607

Citation590 So.2d 1035
Decision Date16 December 1991
Docket NumberNo. 90-3607,90-3607
PartiesPatricia WORKMAN, Appellant, v. McDONNELL DOUGLAS CORP., and TGO Claims Service, Inc., Appellees. 590 So.2d 1035, 17 Fla. L. Week. D33
CourtCourt of Appeal of Florida (US)

Daniel P. Faherty of Cianfrogna, Telfer & Reda, P.A., Titusville, for appellant.

David P. Rhodes of Haas, Boehm, Brown, Rigdon & Seacrest, P.A., Tampa, for appellees.


The claimant in this workers' compensation case asserts the following errors in the Judge of Compensation Claims' (JCC's) order: (1) the JCC erred in crediting appellee/carrier for temporary total disability (TTD) benefits it allegedly overpaid to claimant; (2) the JCC erred in denying benefits for the period from June 1988 through the date of maximum medical improvement (MMI) on October 3, 1990; (3) the JCC erred in denying the claim for wage-loss benefits after MMI, and in denying benefits on a "continuing" basis, and (4) the JCC erred in denying reimbursement for unauthorized examination and treatment by a neurologist. We agree with the claimant that there was no competent substantial evidence to support the denial of TTD benefits prior to MMI. We therefore reverse both the overpayment credit and the denial of temporary benefits. Although we affirm the denial of wage-loss benefits following MMI, we must remand the order so that benefits are not denied on a continuing basis. Finally, we affirm in part and reverse in part the denial of reimbursement for medical benefits.

On December 30, 1987, claimant had a compensable accident while performing janitorial services for appellee/employer. Claimant visited Dr. Joseph Rojas, an orthopedic surgeon who became her authorized treating physician. Claimant related shoulder pain, and Dr. Rojas diagnosed a thoracic sprain which he treated with medication and physical therapy. Claimant was kept off of work until October 3, 1988, at which time Dr. Rojas returned her to full duty. This was also the date at which claimant attained MMI with a 3% permanent impairment; Dr. Rojas imposed no restrictions.

Claimant returned to work for employer but testified to having extreme difficulties in performing her duties. She visited the emergency room after work and never returned to work for employer. She submitted job search and wage loss forms for a period of time, but stopped sending the forms when employer/carrier (e/c) refused to pay. She only looked for work at four businesses since October 1988, and her search was limited to day jobs.

On September 28, 1989, on her own initiative and without authorization from e/c, claimant visited Dr. Miguel Rivera, a neurologist. Dr. Rivera diagnosed a soft tissue injury and recommended a thermogram. Claimant obtained the thermogram at her own expense in April 1990.

Following a claim and a hearing, the JCC issued an order which concluded that claimant was not entitled to benefits after June 1988. Because e/c had paid TTD benefits into September 1988, the JCC found that the claimant had been overpaid and that the carrier was entitled to a credit. Claimant was also found not to have conducted a good faith job search and thus, her wage-loss claim was denied "during the period June 1988 and continuing." Finally, the JCC denied the claim for reimbursement for treatment obtained from Dr. Rivera.

We find no competent substantial evidence in the record to support the JCC's June 1988 TTD cutoff date. The record is silent as to the significance of the June 1988 date. More importantly, such a date is inconsistent with the uncontradicted testimony of Dr. Rojas that claimant was kept off of work until October 3, 1988, when she attained MMI...

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