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Damaged False Tooth

Question: An employee hits himself in the mouth with a wrench and breaks a tooth. The tooth is artificial and requires a dentist to glue it back on. Is it compensable? -Nate B. 3/2/21

Answers:

This would likely result in a compensable injury. That is assuming that using a wrench is part of the scope of the duties of the employees. Because worker's compensation is a no-fault system, it doesn't matter if the employee misused the tool or not. If it was reasonable for the employee to be using a wrench as part of their duties, and the injury occurred during their shift, it would be compensable. -McKell S. 3/4/21


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