Two accident victims not entitled to workers’ comp, court rules

John Graven, Jr. and Kathryn Wall, who worked as technical support analysts with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s State Highway Patrol, were deemed ineligible for workers’ compensation benefits by the North Carolina Court of Appeals, Business Insurance reported on July 30.

The two employees incurred injuries in an accident after returning from a voluntary employee lunch while they were using a state-owned vehicle. Graven became paralyzed from the head down and Wall suffered from a concussion, cuts and bruises.

In his testimony, the State Highway Patrol employee said that even though Graven and Wall were using a government vehicle to attend the lunch when the accident happened, the vehicle was not authorized for this particular use, and as the lunch was deemed a social event, the two were not eligible for workers’ compensation.

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