Nurse reaching into handbag not qualified for workers’ comp insurance

Nurse reaching into handbag not qualified for workers’ comp insurance

A nurse will not be receiving workers’ compensation benefits after filing a claim because she was injured while reaching into her handbag.

The woman normally brought her purse with her to work every day. There, she kept her personal belongings such as lotions, wallet, and other personal items. When she reached into the bag, she scratched her finger on a fastener. The scratch later became infected, and the woman sought workers’ comp benefits.

The state of Virginia said not so fast. Because the woman was not required to bring the handbag to work nor was the handbag required to complete the job, the workers’ comp benefit request was not valid according to the Virginia Court of Appeals.

As Risk & Injury reports, “The court pointed out that it was not the legislature’s intent to ‘make the employer an insurer against all accidental injuries’ on the job.”

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