The fact that an employee has received treatment for a work-related health problem doesn’t mean the employee has knowledge ofthe nature of the disability such as would trigger the statute oflimitations for workers’ comp claims, the state Supreme Courtruled Monday.

The justices’ 5-0 ruling, in Earl v. Johnson & Johnson, A-31-98 [digested in this issue at page 74], reinstates a $55,200workers compensation judge’s award to Joan Earl, a Johnson &Johnson secretary who developed respiratory and bronchial problemsthrough exposure to a flame-retardant powder used to protectoffice files.

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