This is a workers' compensation case. In 1976, claimant was injured while driving a company car on company business as a traveling salesman. The collision in which he was injured was duly reported to his employer, and he received medical treatment. No claim for workers' compensation was made. He continued to work for his employer, although under the care of a physician until January, 1978, when he made a claim for workers' compensation based upon the theory of a new accident, contending he could no longer make calls on his customers and that his employment was terminated by his employer because he could not do the work as it should be done. However, it was contended by the employer that his discharge was due to the way he was doing the job and not in any way due to his injury.
The administrative law judge made a finding of fact, based on evidence, that the claimant had a degenerative disc condition which was aggravated by the 1976 injury and was thereafter aggravated by the work he was doing for the employer. This was stated to be "by continuous driving and getting in and out of an automobile." The administrative law judge then determined that his termination was due to the fact he could not do the work as it should be done and that he became temporarily totally disabled as a result of the 1976 injury "since January 20, 1978." The award was made accordingly. Upon de novo review, the full board adopted this award with one of the board members dissenting. On appeal to the superior court the award was affirmed. The employer and insurer appeal. Held:
2. Even though the employer was a self-insurer in 1976 at the time of the original injury, under Hartford Ins. Group v. Stewart, 147 Ga. App. 733
, 734 (2), supra, the new injury, that is, "new accident," is the date that the injury manifested itself and claimant is forced to cease his employment, hence Carriers Insurance Company had the coverage on that date, and it is liable under its insurance policy.
Judgment affirmed. Banke and Underwood, JJ., concur.
Joe L. Anderson, for appellee.