Injured by a Stray Bullet - Arizona

Question: A lineman is climbing a utility pole. The employee cries out suddenly and shortly thereafter goes limp. The employee is rescued from the pole and rushed to the ER where they discover a bullet wound and spends several days in critical condition in the hospital. It is believed that the bullet came from an individual who broke the rules at a nearby shooting range by firing his rifle into the air. Is it compensable? -Nate B. 1/31/21

Answer: YES. (Probably); because the lineman was performing his duty, and was engaged in work, this injury would most likely be compensable. Because workers' compensation is considered a 'No-Fault' system, injuries that occur to an employee at work, even if the injury was unrelated to the task, are covered. (Source: "Workers’ Compensation is a “no-fault” system in which you receive medical and compensation benefits NO MATTER WHO [emphasis added] caused the job-related accident") -McKell S. 2/9/21

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