Workers’ Compensation

ORS 656.010
Treatment by spiritual means

Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to require a worker who in good faith relies on or is treated by prayer or spiritual means by a duly accredited practitioner of a well-recognized church to undergo any medical or surgical treatment nor shall such worker or the dependents of the worker be deprived of any compensation payments to which the worker would have been entitled if medical or surgical treatment were employed, and the employer or insurance carrier may pay for treatment by prayer or spiritual means. [1965 c.285 §41c]

Notes of Decisions

Rule applying statutory exception for practitioner of “well-recognized church” violated state and federal constitutional provisions against religious discrimination. Kemp v. Workers’ Comp. Dept., 65 Or App 659, 672 P2d 1343 (1983), modified 67 Or App 270, 677 P2d 725 (1984), Sup Ct review denied


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