Effective date: April 1, 2016
Application: All hernia claims on and after the effective date.
Policy subject: Decision making - Injuries
To establish adjudication guidelines for hernia claims.
Hernia means a bulge of an organ through the structure that usually contains the organ. Excessive strain or direct trauma may cause hernias.
Incarceration means instances where the protrusion of tissue through the hernia becomes trapped and cannot be pushed back in easily.
Strangulation means instances where the protrusion of tissue becomes twisted and cuts off its own blood supply.
Pre-existing condition means a non-work-related medical condition or physical condition that existed prior to the work-related injury.
(1) PRO 03/2013, Injuries – Hernia (effective April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2016).
(2) PRO 37/86, Injuries, Hernia (effective October 1, 1986 to March 31, 2013).
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