You may wish to consider the following:
Has the employee previously had an injury or illness of the same type that affects the same part of the body?
- If no, it is a new case.
- If yes, see the next question.
Has the employee recovered completely (all symptoms have gone) from the previous injury or illness, and has an event or exposure in the workplace caused the symptoms to reappear?
- If it is yes to both, then it is a new case
When in doubt, you should take reasonable steps to verify with your employee and the treating doctor whether the medical leave given was for any work-related accident suffered by the employee. This is also to facilitate the settlement of work injury compensation.