Chain of Causation Rule Law and Legal Definition

Chain of causation rule is a legal principle dealt with under the U.S. Worker’s compensation Act. The principle states than an employee’s suicide can be compensated under worker’s compensation statutes if the employee suffered an earlier work-related injury that led to mental disorder and eventually suicide. Therefore, a work connected injury causing a deranged mental condition that in turn is a proximate cause of the injured worker's suicide, entitles the decedent worker's dependents to compensation. [Jakco Painting Contractors v. Industrial Com. of Colorado, 702 P.2d 755, 757 (Colo. Ct. App. 1985)]