Workers Compensation: JEFFERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS V. STEPHENS (COA; 4/7/2006)

JEFFERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS V. STEPHENS
WORKERS COMPENSATION – Unexplained Fall
2005-CA-001677
PUBLISHED (COA)   
AFFIRMING (MCANULTY)
DATE:  4/7/2006

The Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the ALJ that the claimant’s fall at work was covered by workers compensation. The claimant fell while she was walking down the hall, and there was no explanation for it. The COA cited law that creates a rebuttable presumption that a fall that occurs on the employer’s premises and during the employee’s work hours arose out of the employment. The employer argued that the fall was “idiopathic” or caused by a medical condition of the employee because there was no other explanation for it, but this argument was rejected due to substantial evidence that it was simply an unexplained fall.

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