Technician proves compensability of altercation with coworker

 Monday, November 14, 2011

 Risk and Insurance

A patient care technician for a hospital had a problem with someone opening her purse at work. She went to care for a patient and asked her coworkers not to touch her purse. A coworker began uttering profanities at her. When the technician left work, the coworker followed her outside and across the street and physically assaulted her, rendering her unconscious. The board held that the incident leading to the technician’s injuries arose of out of and in the course of her employment, and therefore, the claim was compensable.
Workers' Compensation