The South Carolina Court of Appeals has finally granted workers' compensation to an "independent contractor" nurse who fell in the operating room in 2007, and has been fighting for benefits since then - even having her case taken all the way to the South Carolina Supreme Court.
The appellate court recently reviewed the case of Shatto v. McLeod Regional Medical Center et al. on remand from the state supreme court, which determined that despite claims from the hospital she wasn't an "employee," the facts appeared to indicate otherwise.
In granting the worker "employee" status, the supreme court paved the way for her to then pursue workers' compensation benefits for her injuries. And finally, the appellate court green-lighted them for her.