Psychiatrist’s testing insufficient to find a substantially aggravated psychological condition

In Little v. Dayton Public Schools, 2015-Ohio-197, a janitor had allowed conditions of contusion and sprain of the hand, and sprain of the forearm.  She sought the additional condition of substantial aggravation of pain disorder associated with psychological condition.  However, the condition was disallowed by the trial court as the only evidence presented by the claimant in support of the condition was the testimony of the a psychiatrist who testified in support of the allowance, but admitted he had not used any objective tests to reach his finding because only psychologists, not psychiatrists use objective diagnostic tools.  On appeal, the Second District upheld the disallowance holding that the statute requires an “objective” finding of “substantial” aggravation.  Accordingly, the testimony of a psychiatrist alone may be insufficient to support a claim of substantial aggravation of a psychological condition as they may not be able to meet the requirement of objective findings.  You can read the entire opinion here.

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