Court Rules Worker Eligible for Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Benefits
When Arkansas employees are injured on the job, they may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. However, the Arkansas workers’ compensation lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton explain that laws can be complicated depending on how and when injuries occur.
One recent case in Arkansas’ courts questioned if an employee was considered to be performing his or her job duties while returning from a break. The court ruled in favor of the victim.
According to Business Insurance, the incident occurred in Jan. 2014 when an employee slipped and fell while walking to a vending machine. The employee filed for Arkansas workers’ compensation benefits, which were awarded. The employer then appealed the decision claiming the trip to the vending machine was not part of the victims’ job duties and, therefore, the accident should not be covered.
The Arkansas Court of Appeals rejected the claims, ruling that it wasn’t uncommon for workers to retrieve a snack, and because the woman would soon return to her desk and eat the snack, she was eligible for compensation.
At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our Little Rock personal injury lawyers hope the decision reached in this particular case brings a sense of closure to the victim.