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No comp for flip-flop trip & fall

Summertime and the livin’ is easy. But the walking may not be, according to a workers’ comp case released on June 12.

It’s been a few years since a college women’s lacrosse team scandalized some of their mamas by wearing flip-flops to meet President George W. Bush. But there’s no sign the ubiquitous summer sandals are any less popular nowadays, and they sometimes show up in the workplace.

Youlanda Ford had no idea why she tripped and fell as she turned to respond to a colleague at the Community Corrections Administration. She was walking on a flat, level, carpeted hallway, and she acknowledged she did not see anything on the floor that caused her to fall and break her ankle.

However, a coworker testified to seeing Ford walking, trip on her flip-flop shoe, and fall.

Finding “no persuasive evidence that any type of work-related condition or exertion caused her fall,” the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission denied Ford’s claim for medical benefits and temporary total disability benefits.
–Deborah Elkins

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