Medical Evidence: Non-organic Findings

Iron v. Montana State Fund [04/10/08] 2008 MTWCC 15 Where the Court found Petitioner to lack credibility and where examining doctors found multiple non-organic findings, such as a positive “tuning fork test,” nonphysiologic sensory loss, and range of motion which was extremely limited during testing but appeared less limited during observation, the Court determined that Petitioner’s subjective complaints of pain likewise had no evidentiary weight.
Young v. Liberty Northwest Insurance Corporation [8/25/00] 2000 MTWCC 51 Three physicians and one physician's assistant found claimant's symptoms exaggerated and inconsistent with any objective medical condition, which contributed to Court's conclusion she did not injure her low back, was not disabled, and was not entitled to further medical or temporary total disability benefits.
Nielson v. State Compensation Insurance Fund [8/13/99] 1999 MTWCC 49 A 49-year old hot oiler with accepted claims relating to hand and arm pain not PTD where WCC did not credit claimant's testimony and medical records contain numerous indications that subjective pain reports were not supported by objective findings or contradicted by things such as observations of his capabilities and callouses on his hands.