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Arkansas: Housekeeper’s Slip and Fall Found Compensable
Posted on 3 Oct 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

A hotel housekeeper, who sustained injuries when she slipped on water on a stairway as she carried food she had found in one of the hotel rooms to a refrigerator in the laundry room, may recover workers’ compensation benefits, held an Arkansas court... Read More

Larson’s Spotlight on Slip and Fall Cases
Posted on 1 Jun 2013 by Larson's Spotlight

Here's a recap of the top cases involving slip and fall this past year. Thomas A. Robinson has the week off. His Larson's Spotlight blog will return next week. LexisNexis Online Subscribers: Citations below link to Lexis Advance. Bracketed... Read More

Illinois: Courthouse Employee’s Fall Near Courthouse Door Found Compensable
Posted on 16 May 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

Reversing the denial of benefits to a county courthouse employee, who caught her two-inch heel in a crack in the sidewalk just outside the courthouse door as she returned from a work-related meeting in a nearby building, an Illinois appellate court found... Read More

Virginia: Unusual Height of Platform Means “Step-Down” Injury Is Compensable
Posted on 21 Nov 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

In a decision that has not been designated for publication, the Court of Appeals of Virginia affirmed an award of workers’ compensation benefits to a worker who injured his right knee, back, and right hip when he allegedly slipped while stepping... Read More

Iowa: No Claim for Bad-Faith Denial Could Be Maintained Where Insurer Had Reasonable Basis for Initial Denial
Posted on 22 Aug 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

Acknowledging that Iowa law recognized a common-law cause of action against an insurer for bad-faith denial or delay of insurance benefits, and the tort has been extended to include workers' compensation cases, an Iowa appellate court nevertheless... Read More

Oklahoma: Parking Lot Injury Covered in Spite of Special Statute’s Language
Posted on 8 Jul 2016 by Larson's Spotlight

A divided Supreme Court of Oklahoma held that a university employee sustained injuries arising out of and in the course of her employment when she slipped and fell on ice in a campus parking lot where she had been instructed to park. The majority found... Read More

Florida: Premises Owner That Contracts With Cleaning Service Is Not Statutory Employer
Posted on 25 Mar 2016 by Larson's Spotlight

Where a health care system (“the system”) owned a children’s clinic and contracted with a service company for the latter to provide cleaning services at the clinic, the system was not the statutory employer of the service company’s... Read More

Missouri: Parking Lot Injury Covered In Spite of Fact That Employer Did Not Own It
Posted on 31 Oct 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

A Missouri appellate court affirmed an award of workers’ compensation benefits to an employee who sustained a severe knee injury when he slipped and fell on ice and snow in a parking lot near his employer’s premises. Acknowledging that the... Read More

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Video Evidence Not Disqualified for Three-Second Gap
Posted on 13 Dec 2012 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Videotape Evidence, Going and Coming Rule, PTSD, and Foot Injury. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation... Read More

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: The Great Recession Catch 22 for Laid Off Worker With No Average Weekly Wage
Posted on 21 Sep 2012 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Average Weekly Wage, Marijuana Presumption, Slip and Fall, and Paid Break. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation... Read More

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Slip and Fall During Unpaid Lunch Break
Posted on 6 Dec 2012 by Larson's Spotlight

Larson's Spotlight on Unpaid Lunch Break, Exclusive Remedy, Cancer Presumption, and Advance Payment. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers'... Read More

Pennsylvania: “Premises” Cannot Be Extended to Cover Slip & Fall on College Campus Walkway
Posted on 2 Aug 2013 by Larson's Spotlight

A Pennsylvania appellate court recently held that the state’s Appeal Board erred when it awarded workers’ compensation benefits to a painter injured in a fall as he walked toward a train station at the end of his workday. A painting contractor... Read More

Wisconsin: Maintenance Worker’s Slip and Fall on Driveway Ice Held Compensable
Posted on 2 Aug 2013 by Larson's Spotlight

A Wisconsin appellate court recently affirmed a Commission decision to grant workers’ compensation coverage for injuries a worked sustained when he slipped on ice in his driveway. Quoting Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law and agreeing... Read More

Kentucky: Fall on Snow-covered Sidewalk Outside Employer’s Premises Found Compensable
Posted on 6 Sep 2013 by Larson's Spotlight

The Supreme Court of Kentucky, citing one of its earlier decisions that extensively quoted Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law regarding the going and coming rule, recently affirmed a decision by an ALJ, the Board, and the state’s Court... Read More

Bad News for Nevada Injured Workers Who Fall at Work?
Posted on 15 Dec 2011 by Virginia Hunt

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010, about a fifth of all workplace fatalities in Nevada were caused by a worker falling. Almost every serious fall injury I've handled in the Nevada work comp arena in the past fifteen years was... Read More