In ruling in favor of an airline baggage handler who claims his employer is responsible for psychiatric treatment allegedly necessitated by a work-related neck injury, the majority of a split en banc Commonwealth Court panel has zeroed in on the fact that the worker exhibited no mental problems prior to that injury.

In Huddy v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, the members of the majority also noted that both Wayne Huddy’s and employer U.S. Air’s psychiatric experts had testified that Huddy’s depression was at least related to the chronic pain stemming from his injury.

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