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Racetrack workers not at work in case of debilitating injury



A racetrack worker who was sleeping in the stable when a fire broke out and seriously injured his back did not work at the time of the injury and did not suffer any workers' compensation damage, according to an Arkansas Appeals Board on Wednesday. [19659002] Juan Lopez, who used racehorses as part of his job with James Divito Racing Stable in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and slept on the spot because it was not affordable to live in the city, had returned from dinner and fell asleep in a room above stables before his 6-hour shift. When a fire broke out at 5:45 a.m., he jumped from a second-floor window and suffered a broken vertebra that led to a 10-month disability, after testifying that he could no longer work with horses, according to documents in Juan Lopez v. James Divito Racing Stable and Meadowbrook Insurance Group, filed for bankruptcy in Arkansas, Division II in Little Rock, Arkansas. was not at work at the time ̵

1; the stable claimed he was not required to stay on site – a judge in the administrative court found that Lopez proved "by considering the evidence that he suffered a compensable injury because at the time of his

certainly found (the judge) that Lopez's employer benefited from his "mere presence on the premises" given that Lopez "needed to be on the racetrack to walk horses when his number was called a and that Lopez had to walk the horses after a race and during In view of these employment activities, the (judge) was convinced that Lopez lived in the premises by his nature was necessary for him to be able to perform his duties. services when he was injured 'and that he did not have to live in the stable. [19659002] The Board of Appeal agreed with the Commission and stated that "substantial evidence" supports the decision and that "our case law considers that an overnight injury caused by a An employee abroad cannot be reimbursed when the employee only takes care of his or her own personal needs. ”

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