Teasley v. Montgomery Ward & Co

In Teasley v. Montgomery Ward & Co., 14 Va. App. 45, 415 S.E.2d 596 (1992), the employee, following an ongoing series of disagreements, had a confrontation with his supervisor over his work assignments. He broke down emotionally and was diagnosed with PTSD. He sought benefits, contending that his PTSD was an occupational disease. The commission held that PTSD was "an ordinary disease of life to which the general public is exposed outside of employment." It denied the employee's claim because he failed to prove entitlement to compensation under Code 65.1-46.1 (now Code 65.2-401). Holding that the evidence supported those findings, we affirmed that decision. Teasley, 14 Va. App. at 49-50, 415 S.E.2d at 598-99.