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Workers’ Compensation – Occupational Disease – Findings of Fact – Causal Connection – G.S. § 97-53(13) (access required)

Spruill v. N.C. Dept of Agriculture. Plaintiff's job at the Tidewater Research Center kept him outside most of the time, and he was often exposed to ticks, especially while maintaining ditch banks and fence lines to keep deer away from crops. The commission's findings of fact were sufficient to support its conclusion that the plaintiff developed Lyme disease as a result of his occupational exposure to ticks. Accordingly, the commission correctly concluded that the plaintiff contracted an occupational disease.

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