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WPI155.30Occupational Disease—Definition

6A WAPRAC WPI 155.30Washington Practice Series TMWashington Pattern Jury Instructions--Civil

6A Wash. Prac., Wash. Pattern Jury Instr. Civ. WPI 155.30 (7th ed.)
Washington Practice Series TM
Washington Pattern Jury Instructions--Civil
July 2019 Update
Washington State Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions
Part XI. Workers' Compensation
Chapter 155. Workers' Compensation
WPI 155.30 Occupational Disease—Definition
An occupational disease is a disease or infection that arises naturally and proximately out of the worker's employment.
A disease arises naturally out of employment if the disease comes about as a matter of course as a natural consequence of distinctive conditions of the worker's employment. It is not necessary that the conditions be peculiar to, or unique to, the particular employment. A disease does not arise naturally out of employment if it is caused by conditions of everyday life or of all employments in general.
A disease arises proximately out of employment if the conditions of the worker's employment proximately caused or aggravated the worker's disease [including aggravation of a pre-existing non-work-related disease].
NOTE ON USE
Use bracketed material as applicable.
COMMENT
RCW 51.08.140. This instruction was first published in the 2017–2018 Supplement to 6 Washington Practice, Washington Pattern Jury Instructions: Civil (6th ed.).
This instruction is drawn from the above-cited statute defining the term “occupational disease” and Dennis v. Dep't of Labor & Indus., 109 Wn.2d. 467, 745 P.2d 1295 (1987), which interpreted the statute.
[Current as of November 2016.]
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