An ankle injury sustained by an employee during a company bowling event is compensable, a Florida appellate court held.
In Reynolds v. Anixter Power Solutions, the Florida First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee reversed and remanded in a 2-1 decision a Judge of Compensation Claims finding that denied the employee’s workers compensation claim.
Karen Reynolds was attending a bowling event with co-workers during her paid work shift when she injured her ankle. She filed a claim for workers compensation benefits, but the compensation judge concluded that the event was “recreational activity” and that her injury was therefore not compensable.
Ms. Reynolds appealed, and the appellate court reversed the judge’s decision.
The court noted that there was no dispute that the bowling event was during regular working hours, that the company paid employees to attend the event and that Ms. Reynolds was told she could not remain at work or take a vacation day rather than attend the event.
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