Pickering v. State of Maine, Department of Conservation

Insurance Company

Date Decided

March 21, 2017

Panel Members

Glen Goodnough

Tom Pelletier

Mike Stovall


Legal Causation


Lyme Disease Causation Work Related

File Size

172 KB


Summary from the Troubh Heisler Attorneys

Pickering worked as a forest ranger and developed Lyme disease from ticks he picked up in the course of his employment. Dr. Dubocq provided an “unrebutted medical opinion that his diagnosis was work-related,” and Judge Hirtle granted his petitions awarded incapacity and medical benefits. The Department appealed, but the Appellate Division affirmed the decision, finding “sufficient competent evidence in the record to support the ALJ’s finding that his Lyme disease was work-related.”

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