Physicians and nurses tending to a person on a stretcher in the emergency department. (Credit: Gorodenkoff Productions OU/ Adobestock)

In the realm of workers’ compensation, the difference between idiopathic and other injuries is an important one, as it can be the deciding factor in whether a claim is compensable or not.

An idiopathic injury occurs when either the cause of an accident is unknown or when it is due to a personal condition of the employee with no relationship to a workplace risk or hazard. For an injury to be compensable under O.C.G.A. § 34-9-1(4), it must “arise out of” and occur “in the course of” employment.

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