Here’s proof that workplace injuries happen in the service industry, too. And those injuries can lead to workers’ comp claims.
A casino dealer at Harrah’s Metropolis Casino in Illinois claimed she hurt her back while dealing a stand-up card game.
She said she had to twist her upper torso to take the cards in her left hand from the card dispenser located to her right.
Her doctor said she aggravated a prior back injury which was caused by repetitive bending and twisting as a card dealer.
The casino argued that the work incident was only a minor contributing factor.
Result: The Workers’ Compensation Commission ruled that the employee established her accident arose out of and in the course of employment. She’ll get comp benefits.
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Cite: Britton v. Harrah’s Metropolis Casino, Ill. W.C. Comm. 2009.