Hypertension following workplace accident not related to accident

Condition showed up on tests following accident but was likely pre-existing: Tribunal
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/07/2015

The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal has denied a worker’s claim for hypertension stemming from a work-related injury.

The 43-year-old worker started his employment as an assembler for a bus company in September 1997. On Nov. 3, 2010, he was working on the roof of a bus assembling parts when he was struck on the neck and head by a metal door and fell on his neck. The worker was taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with whiplash and hypertension.