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Workers’ Compensation – Attorney’s Fees – Unexplained Fall – Causation (access required)

Hedges v. Wake County Public School System. When an employee falls at work in the course of her duties, the injury is compensable even if the cause for the fall cannot be determined. Attorney's fees are awarded when a party continues to pursue a case that is not based on reasonable grounds. We affirm the decision of commission and the award of attorneys' fees to plaintiff.

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Tort/Negligence – Slip & Fall – Premises Liability – Restaurant – Water on Floor – Actual or Constructive Knowledge (access required)

Pinkney v. HMS Host USA, Inc. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-16-0783, 14 pp.) (Martha A. Geer, J.) Appealed from Mecklenburg County Superior Court. (Jesse B. Caldwell III, J.) N.C. App. Unpub. Holding: Even if plaintiff did slip in water on the ...

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No comp for woman who slipped on ice at employer’s back door (access required)

The long-established "coming and going rule" was the center of Tuesday's Court of Appeals ruling denying workers' comp benefits to a woman who slipped on black ice three steps away from the door of her employers' building just as she was preparing to unlock it. But a five-page dissent making the argument for a less narrow interpretation of the rule will likely bring the issue before the N.C. Supreme Court. Charlotte attorney Jason McConnell (pictured), who represented the employer and its insurance carrier in the claimant's appeal from the N.C. Industrial Commission, said he was pleased with the ruling.

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