Provider Bulletin

Murphy v WestRock

2017 MTWCC 2; WCC No. 2016-3787
CARL MURPHY vs. WESTROCK COMPANY

ORDER GRANTING RESPONDENT’S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND DENYING RESPONDENT’S MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER, RESPONDENT’S MOTION IN LIMINE, AND PETITIONER’S MOTION TO COMPEL AS MOOT

Summary: Respondent moves for summary judgment on Petitioner’s PPD and
rehabilitation claims on the following grounds: its independent medical examiner, a medical doctor, opined that Petitioner has no medically determined physical restrictions as a result of his injury; and Petitioner’s chiropractor, although offering a contrary opinion, may not create an issue of material fact because, under the 1991 statute, a chiropractor can provide neither the required “medically determined” physical restriction nor “physician’s” certification. Therefore, Respondent contends it is entitled to judgment as a matter of law on Petitioner’s claims.

Held: Although Petitioner’s chiropractor offered an opinion contrary to Respondent’s medical doctor, he may not create an issue of material fact because, under the 1991 statute, a chiropractor can provide neither the required “medically determined” physical restriction nor “physician’s” certification. Therefore, Respondent is entitled to judgment as a matter of law on Petitioner’s claims for PPD and rehabilitation benefits.

Murphy v WestRock

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