WPI155.13Weighing Medical and Lay Testimony
6A WAPRAC WPI 155.13Washington Practice Series TMWashington Pattern Jury Instructions--Civil
6A Wash. Prac., Wash. Pattern Jury Instr. Civ. WPI 155.13 (7th ed.)
Washington Practice Series TM
Washington Pattern Jury Instructions--Civil
July 2019 Update
Part XI. Workers' Compensation
Chapter 155. Workers' Compensation
WPI 155.13 Weighing Medical and Lay Testimony
Any determination of the extent of(worker's name)'s disability must be supported by medical testimony. However, you may consider all of the testimony, both lay and medical, in evaluating(worker's name)'s disability.
NOTE ON USE
Use this instruction with WPI 155.07 (Permanent Total Disability), or WPI 155.08 (Permanent Partial Disability—Categories of Impairment), or WPI 155.08.01 (Permanent Partial Disability—No Categories of Impairment), as applicable.
Do not use this instruction with WPI 155.11 (Aggravation—Prior Award) or WPI 155.12 (Aggravation—No Prior Award).
See Ravsten v. Dep't of Labor & Indus., 108 Wn.2d 143, 736 P.2d 265 (1987); Sacred Heart Medical Center v. Dep't of Labor & Indus., 92 Wn.2d 631, 600 P.2d 1015 (1979); and Knowles v. Dep't of Labor & Indus., 28 Wn.2d 970, 184 P.2d 591 (1947).
This instruction was numbered WPI 155.12 in past editions of the pattern instructions.
In light of the Washington Supreme Court opinion in Hamilton v. Dep't of Labor & Indus., 111 Wn.2d 569, 761 P.2d 618 (1988), a separate instruction regarding the testimony of an attending physician has been added as WPI 155.13.01.
[Current as of November 2016.]
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