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Split Supreme Court Upholds Award of Benefits to Worker for Injuries From Stairwell Fall

By WorkCompCentral

Friday, August 10, 2018 | 266 | 0 | 19 min read

A divided Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a worker’s injuries from a fall while descending a staircase were compensable because the stairs posed a hazard that originated on the premises as part of her working environment. Laurie Roller-Dick worked for the CentraCare Health System. Roller-Dick fell down a set of stairs as she was leaving work, fracturing her left ankle. Roller-Dick had accessed the stairway from the second-floor administrative area where she worked, and they were not usually accessible to the general public. The stairway has railings on both sides, but ...

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