An Oregon appeals court ruled that workers' comp insurer SAIF Corp. must pay for an obese worker's gastric bypass surgery because it's necessary to treat a work related knee injury, according to Workforce Management.


Doctor's said the employee's weight hindered successful treatment of the knee, first injured in 1976 and reinjured in 1999.


SAIF claimed that because the obesity was not caused by the knee injury they weren't required to pay for the procedure. The court found, however, that the surgery was necessary to treat the injury and therefore compensable.

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