Bodily v. State ex rel. Wyo. Workers' Safety & Comp. Div.Annotate this Case
Appellant received worker’s compensation benefits in 1996 and 2004 for work-related injuries to his back. In 2008 and 2011, Appellant underwent surgeries to treat a herniated disc in his low back. The Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Division denied Appellant’s application for benefits to cover the two surgeries and any other expenses incurred after 2005. On appeal, Appellant contended that the herniated disc was a direct result of his 1996 and 2004 injuries and was therefore a second compensable injury. The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) upheld the Division’s denial of benefits. The district court affirmed. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the OAH’s decision upholding the denial of benefits was supported by substantial evidence and not contrary to the overwhelming weight of the evidence.