WPI155.06.01Proximate Cause—Rejected Claim
6A WAPRAC WPI 155.06.01Washington Practice Series TMWashington Pattern Jury Instructions--Civil
6A Wash. Prac., Wash. Pattern Jury Instr. Civ. WPI 155.06.01 (7th ed.)
Washington Practice Series TM
Washington Pattern Jury Instructions--Civil
July 2019 Update
Part XI. Workers' Compensation
Chapter 155. Workers' Compensation
WPI 155.06.01 Proximate Cause—Rejected Claim
The term “proximate cause” means a cause which in a direct sequence [, unbroken by any new independent cause,] produces the [condition] [disability] [death] complained of and without which such [condition] [disability] [death] would not have happened.
[There may be one or more proximate causes of a [condition] [disability] [death]. For a worker to be entitled to benefits under the Industrial Insurance Act, the [work conditions] [incident] must be a proximate cause of the alleged [condition] [disability] [death] for which entitlement to benefits is sought. The law does not require that the [work conditions] [incident] be the sole proximate cause of such [condition] [disability] [death].]
NOTE ON USE
Use this definition when defining proximate cause in a case involving a rejected claim. For an alternative wording of this instruction, see WPI 155.06.03 (Proximate Cause—Rejected Claim—Alternative).
Use WPI 155.06 (Proximate Cause—Allowed Claim), or its alternative instruction (WPI 155.06.02), when defining proximate cause in a case involving an allowed claim.
Use bracketed material as applicable. Use the bracketed second paragraph if the evidence presents an issue of multiple causes. If the claim is by a surviving spouse or other beneficiary, the term “worker” should be appropriately changed. Use the bracketed words “work conditions” when the claim is for an occupational disease. Use the bracketed word “incident” when the claim is for an injury.
For a general discussion of proximate cause requirements in a workers' compensation case see the Comment to WPI 155.06 (Proximate Cause—Allowed Claim).
[Current as of November 2016.]
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