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Employee Injured in Fight with Supervisor Due Benefits
Description Employee injured in fight with supervisor is due benefits when the Workers' Compensation Commission believes the employee's version of the fight, in which he was the victim, rather than the supervisor's version, in which the employee was the instigator.
Topic Employment Law
Key Words Workers' Compensation, Injury from Fight
C A S E   S U M M A R Y
Facts Youmans got into a fight with his supervisor at work, Parsons, and suffered injuries. He appealed for workers' compensation benefits. The Workers' Compensation Commission held that Youmans was eligible for benefits. However, the circuit court held Youmans was barred from recovery because he assaulted his supervisor with intent to injure. Youmans appealed.
Decision Reversed. The testimony is in conflict. Youmans claims that Parsons shoved him and uttered a racial slur and that Youmans hit Parsons in self-defense. Parsons claims Youmans attacked him. Since the testimony is in conflict, the decision of the Commission stands, as it could reasonably believe Youmans' version of the conflict. The court may not substitute its view of the evidence in place of the reasoning of the Commission.
Citation Youmans v. Coastal Petroleum Co., 508 S.E.2d 43 (Ct. App., S.C. 1998)

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