Appeal from the Order of the Workmen's Compensation Appeal Board in the case of Dallese Jones v. First Pennsylvania Bank, No. A-80610.
Stephen E. Levin, for petitioner.
Howard M. Ellner, for respondents.
Judges Williams, Jr., Craig and MacPhail, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by Judge Craig.
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Dallese Jones appeals a per curiam decision by the Workmen's Compensation Appeal Board which affirmed a referee's order terminating her benefits. On the issue of entitlement to a rehearing as a result of after-discovered evidence, we reverse and remand.
A secretary/receptionist for the First Pennsylvania Bank, Mrs. Jones suffered a work-related injury to her right hand, wrist and forearm; her employer's insurance carrier voluntarily accepted her claim and filed a Notice of Compensation Payable.
Two years later, Dr. John T. Williams, a board-certified orthopedist, examined Mrs. Jones and found nothing physically wrong with her. Based upon that examination, First Pennsylvania filed a petition for termination.
By deposition, Dr. Newton Spencer, an orthopedist, testified that Mrs. Jones continued to suffer from two separate conditions causally related to her injury: (1) chronic traumatic adhesive tenosynovitis of the extensor and abductor tendons of the right thumb (DeQuervain's Disease) and (2) chronic ulnar neuropathy with compression of the ulnar nerve at the medial condyle of the right elbow. Dr. Spencer concluded that Mrs. Jones' condition would prevent her return to full-time secretarial duties.
Dr. Williams, however, confirmed by deposition his previous diagnosis. The referee terminated Mrs. Jones' benefits as of the date of Dr. Williams' examination.
After the claimant appealed to the board, the claimant's attorney informed the board by letter that Mrs. Jones had undergone surgery for her right arm, enclosing copies of hospital records which revealed
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the final diagnosis to be "DeQuervain's of the right wrist and early traction inflammatory response of the ulnar nerve at the elbow." Accordingly, he asked the board to remand his client's case to the referee for consideration of this new medical information. ...