Court Decides Home Injury Related to Work Injury

May 8, 2006 ( - A New York appeals court ruled that a hand injury a man sustained at home was related to a knee injury he sustained at work.

Business Insurance reports that Thomas Wallace suffered a knee injury at work in March 2002 for which he received workers’ compensation benefits. Seven months later, during his medical leave, he was operating a table saw when his knee gave way.

A workers’ compensation law judge ruled that the cut to his hand was related to his knee injury and New York’s Workers’ Compensation Board agreed.

Wallace’s employer and the New York State Insurance Fund appealed the ruling. The appellate court upheld the lower court decision saying, “claimant’s conduct in using the table saw despite his knee condition was not so unreasonable as to find it was an intervening cause,” according to Business Insurance.