Court distinguishes a predisposition from a cause

In Murdoch v. SAIF Corporation, __P3__(October 15, 2008), the Oregon Court of Appeals again found that diabetes was a condition that rendered an injured worker more susceptible to an infection that required medical treatment, but that the diabetes did not cause the infection. In Murdoch, the infection resulted from a blister caused by work activity. Because the diabetic neuropathy was a predisposition, but not a cause, the claim for the disease was compensable under the workers’ compensation law.

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