The Supreme Court of Alaska ruled on Friday that Walmart Associates Inc. must continue to provide benefits to a security guard who was shot in the face in 2016 with a pellet gun in a brawl at a store in Eagle Ridge, Alaska, and continues to suffer both physically and mentally, calling previous decisions on treatment "unserious".
While the worker, who suffered from the pellet being placed near the optic nerve on his right eye and could not be surgically removed, was treated for post-traumatic stress disorder and pain, Walmart "claimed he was not disabled by the mental injury", among other claims documented in No. 7490, filed in Anchorage.
After an ophthalmologist like Walmart retained "questioning specific pain-related medical care," the employer contested pain medication, which the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board allowed, and found. that "found that the employer had not done so unfairly or unreasonably." The board also denied the worker's request for disability during periods when his ophthalmologist said he had the physical ability to perform his duties according to documents.
Alaska Workers' Compensation The Appeals Commission upheld the Board's decision, stating that Walmart was entitled to refuse payment for painkillers and had successfully refuted the assumption that the worker's mental injury was caused by the physical injury ̵
The Supreme Court of Justice reversed and wrote that "none" of the medical opinions on which the board relied "said anything about (the worker's) PTSD-related disability and thus were not significant evidence to disprove the assumption that (he) continued to be handicapped by his psychological condition. ”The case was claimed for recalculation of benefits and medical treatment, which was denied on the basis of insufficient medical evidence, according to the decision.