A man who suffered an injury at work caused by an underlying knee condition unrelated to his job will receive workers' compensation, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled.
In Bike v. Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc., the worker was employed at a warehouse, and duties included wrapping pallets, packing boxes, loading trailers and making sure packing lists were accurate. One day in October 2009, he stepped onto a pallet in order to compare the pack list tags when his knee cap moved out of place, and then back. He fell to the floor.
The only injury he suffered was to his knee, and this was not caused by the fall, but rather by an unrelated, underlying condition. He received a myriad of treatments, including emergency treatment right after the incident, physical therapy, braces and activity restrictions. When conservative treatments were unsuccessful, employee proceeded with surgery.