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Entitlement to compensation for a work-related injury must be proven by substantial evidence

Work-relatedness of an injury or illness means that the seafarer’s injury or illness has a possible connection to one’s work and thus, allows the seafarer to claim disability benefits thereof. The burden is placed upon the Petitioner to present substantial evidence or such relevant evidence which a reasonable mind might accept as adequate to justify a conclusion that there is a causal connection between the nature of his employment and his injury. In the instant case, Petitioner failed to prove a reasonable connection between his work as a Casino Dealer and his alleged lumbar disc injury resulting from his gym workout.

Jose John C. Guerrero vs. Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc. et al.

G.R. No. 222523, 03 October 2018

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