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Blog Author Steve Hudgik
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Does A Worker's Injury While Battling Vending Machine Merit Benefits?
During normal work time (not on a break), on behalf of another employee, an employee injured his hip trying to free a purchase from a vending machine. Was this injury sustained within the scope of the employee's employment? Should he receive worker's comp benefits?
The injury happened in Illinois where there is a good Samaritan doctrine. That doctrine says that if in the course of a person's job someone is injured while aiding another employee, and if that action was reasonably foreseeable, then compensation should be paid under worker's comp.
Here is the story from Risk & Insurance Online (read the complete article)
"The employee injured his hip when he lunged at a vending machine with his right shoulder and hip. The employee was helping a coworker whose purchase got stuck in the machine. The facts did not fit squarely within the personal comfort doctrine because the employee was not seeking refreshment for himself and he was not on a break. However, the Illinois Appellate Court found the injury was compensable under the good Samaritan doctrine."
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