Case Conclusion Date: 12.31.2012
Practice Area: Workers compensation
Outcome: Plaintiff won on all issues
Description: The employee was seriously injured when she fell from an escalator following a dinner at an out of town conference where the employer furnished alcohol. After returning to work, she suffered continuing difficulties and the employer fired her, while failing to discipline a similarly situated employee. The North Carolina Industrial Commission awarded benefits. The Employer appealed to the North Carolina Court of Appeals on two separate occasions, claiming that the horseplay that led to the fall was a departure from work.