Workers’ compensation questioned after hug

A Wendy’s restaurant in Arkansas attempted to deny workers’ compensation to an employee because it claimed she was not performing work-related duties when she fell. The employee had clocked out and was walking toward the door when she stopped to hug a co-worker. After the hug, she stepped away and immediately fell. She sustained a knee injury that required surgery, followed by physical therapy.

The state Court of Appeals overturned the ruling, stating that the hug, a deviation of employment services, was already completed when she fell, and that she returned to employment services as she then attempted to leave the building.

If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, you may be entitled to compensation from your employer to help cover the costs of your losses. To learn more, contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder Seguin, PLLC, at (919) 851-3311.