At the Compensation Board, it seems like every one is speaking a foreign language. What do they mean by “prima facie medical”, “ANCR” and “ODNCR”?

  • One of the primary requirements for establishing a compensation claim is a statement from a doctor giving a history of an accident occurring on the job and offering the opinion that the accident caused a disability or a need for treatment. This statement causally relating disability to something that happened at work is a prima facie medical report.
  • ANCR stands for “accident, notice, and causal relationship” and is short hand used by the judge to indicate that a worker sustained an accident on the job, gave proper notice to his employer of the accident, and there is medical evidence showing that the accident caused a disability and/or the need for treatment. Usually ANCR is stated in connection with a particular part of the body or for a particular medical condition.
  • ODNCR stands for “occupational disease, notice, and causal relationship” and is essentially the same as ANCR but is used when the disability is related to an occupational disease instead of an accidental injury.