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Workers’ Compensation – Accident – Interruption of Routine – Housekeeping Closet – Cramped Sink Area – Torn Rotator Cuff – Short-Term Disability – Credit (access required)

Nations v. Western Carolina University While cleaning up a spill in a residence hall, plaintiff went to a seldom-used janitor’s closet to empty the water from his mop bucket. The cramped area around the sink required plaintiff to get into an awkward position to empty the bucket, and he experienced pain in his right shoulder, which turned out to be a tear of his rotator cuff. There was an interruption of plaintiff’s normal work routine with the introduction thereby of unusual conditions likely to result in unexpected consequences. Therefore, plaintiff’s torn rotator cuff is compensable.

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