SC court: Workers' comp OK for kickball injury

By MEG KINNARDAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's high court says a man is entitled to workers' compensation benefits for injuries he suffered during a company kickball game.

The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Stephen Whigham was required to attend the game as part of his job.

Whigham worked for Jackson Dawson Communications and organized a kickball game as a team-building event for employees. During a game, the court wrote that he shattered two bones in his leg and ultimately needed a knee replacement.

Workers' compensation commissioners initially denied Whigham's claim, saying he didn't have to attend the game. That decision was held up on appeal.

But the high court said Wednesday that Whigham had to be at the game because he had organized it, so it had become part of his job duties.

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