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Florida: Injuries Sustained During Employer-Sponsored Bowling Event Are Compensable
Posted on 5 Jan 2020 by Thomas A. Robinson

Injuries sustained by a Florida employee during an employer-sponsored bowling event arose out of and in the course of the employee’s employment since the event was not a “recreational activity” as defined in § 440.092(2), held a... Read More

California: Off-Duty Recreational Activity: The Fine Line Between Work- and Non-Work-Related
Posted on 8 Jun 2015 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

The facts in these types of cases typically dictate the result In Simon v. City of Vacaville , 2015 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS --, a split WCAB panel rescinded the WCJ’s decision and held that the applicant police officer did not sustain a compensable... Read More

North Carolina: Injuries Sustained Returning From Holiday Party Were Not Compensable
Posted on 1 Aug 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

Affirming a decision by the state's Industrial Commission, the Court of Appeals of North Carolina has denied benefits to two technical support analysts in the State Highway Patrol who sustained severe injuries in an automobile accident as they returned... Read More

Oregon: Employee’s Enjoyment Did Not Transform Walk to Post Office to Recreational Act
Posted on 8 Jan 2016 by Larson's Spotlight

Oregon, like a number of other states, has a statutory provision that bars recovery of workers’ compensation benefits if the injury is sustained while the employee is engaged in recreational activity [see Or. Rev. Stat. § 656.005(7)(b)(B)]... Read More

South Carolina: Team Leader’s Leg Injury Playing Kickball Found Compensable
Posted on 29 Aug 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

In an interesting twist regarding the compensability of recreational injuries within the workers’ compensation context, a divided Supreme Court of South Carolina held that an employee's injuries sustained in a game of kickball arose out of and... Read More

Delaware: For Non-Sponsored Recreational Events, Compensability Substantial Direct Benefit to Employer
Posted on 23 Mar 2017 by Thomas A. Robinson

Reiterating that to determine whether a company-sponsored recreational event occurs within the course and scope of one’s employment, Delaware has adopted the four-factor standard set forth in Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law [§... Read More

Alabama: Injuries Sustained During Recreational Horseback Ride Were Not Compensable
Posted on 6 Mar 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

Injuries sustained by a Girl Scout camp business manager, when she was thrown from a horse during a recreational ride with other camp employees did not arise out of and in the course of the employment, held an Alabama appellate court. Quoting Larson’s... Read More

Texas: Traveling Employee’s Fatal Car Accident Was Not Within Course and Scope of Employment
Posted on 13 Nov 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

An employee who traveled from his home base in North Carolina to Dallas, Texas on a business trip did not sustain injuries arising out of and in the course of his employment when he was involved in an automobile accident as he made his way to meet his... Read More

Maryland: Employee’s Injuries Sustained While Dancing in Night Club Were Compensable
Posted on 2 May 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

A Maryland appellate court, reversing a decision of the state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission that in turn had been affirmed by a state trial court, held compensable a claim filed by a traveling employee who sustained injuries when he slipped... Read More

Commission Denies Accident From Stray Golf Ball
Posted on 18 Mar 2011 by Martin Klug

A former deputy sheriff who was struck in the head with a golf ball could not recover benefits, because his accident arose from a recreational activity and claimant’s participation did not produce a mutual benefit for the employer, according to... Read More