Causation is an ongoing problem for workers’ compensation. In assessing causation our doctors need to express opinions to a “reasonable degree of medical probability.” This means there must be more than a 50 percent likelihood that our doctors’ opinions are accurate. This is more than a 50/50 coin-toss likelihood—but anything even just barely better than that 50/50 coin-toss likelihood counts. Our doctors must determine if the problems we are experiencing can be linked, with that “reasonable degree of medical probability,” to a specific cause.
Read the full feature on evaluating causation from Workers’ Compensation Institute 360 here.