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Woman Hurt During Sex Wins Workers' Comp Suit

It's an 'ordinary incident of life,' rules judge in Australia
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2012 12:45 PM CDT
Woman Hurt During Sex Wins Workers' Comp Suit
Watch those light fixtures.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – It might not be the stuff of workers' rights fights of yore, but it's still a victory. Of sorts. An Australian judge has ruled that a woman who got injured during sex is entitled to workers' comp, reports news.com.au. It seems she was out of town on business and brought a friend back to her hotel room, and a light fixture fell on her during the throes of passion. She sued after the government, her employer, declined to pay for her injuries.

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"If the applicant had been injured while playing a game of cards in her motel room she would be entitled to compensation,” wrote the federal judge. She shouldn't be disqualified just because she was having sex, he declared. It's an "ordinary incident of life." Gawker notes an ironic twist: She works for the government agency in charge of monitoring occupational health and safety. (Read more workers' compensation stories.)

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