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KAREN SWANSON vs. FRESNO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, Permissibly Self-Insured

FRESNO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, Permissibly Self-Insured KAREN SWANSON WORKERS’ COMPENSATION APPEALS BOARDSTATE OF CALIFORNIAKAREN SWANSON, Applicant,vs.FRESNO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, Permissibly Self-Insured, Defendant.Case Nos. ADJ7817116ADJ7875974(Fresno District Office)OPINION AND ORDER GRANTING RECONSIDERATION AND DECISIONAFTER RECONSIDERATION            Defendant seeks reconsideration of the September 6, 2012 Amended Findings and order1 wherein the workers’ compensation administrative law judge (WCJ) found that applicant is entitled to physical and occupational therapy, treatment of the esophagus by Dr. Kodama, treatment by a podiatrist, a home modifications consultation, home modifications, housekeeping services, social worker visits, a power- assisted wheelchair, a Nurse Case Manager, and a van with a wheel chair lift.            Defendant contends that the WCJ erred in awarding applicant these medical treatment modalities, arguing that the Award is not supported by substantial medical evidence. Defendant also argues that applicant is statutorily barred from obtaining further occupational and physical therapy by Labor Code section 4604.5.            We have considered the Petition for Reconsideration, and we have reviewed the record in this matter. We received an Answer from applicant. The WCJ has filed a Report and Recommendation on Petition for Reconsideration (Report), recommending that the petition be denied.            For the reasons discussed below, we will grant reconsideration and find that medical treatment in the form of a Nurse Case Manager, a power-assisted wheelchair, podiatrist visits, and a consultation with Dr. Kodama are necessary to cure or relieve applicant from the effects of her industrial injury. We will 1 The WCJ originally issued Findings of Facts and Orders on August 20, 2012. After receiving a Petition for Reconsideration from applicant, the WCJ rescinded the August 20, 2012 Findings and Orders and issued the September 6, 2012 Ame

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