The Self-inflicted Injury Exception

by Kara Dolan-West | Dec 24, 2014 | General Information

An employee’s self-inflicted injuries have been excluded from workers’ compensation coverage since 1911, and such sentiment has been codified in Ohio Revised Code § 4123.46, and 4123.54.

Deliberate self-injuries are highly unlikely to be motivated by the prospect of entitlement to workers’ compensation benefits, because compensation law provides for an award based upon only a percentage of a worker’s wage. The defense is often raised by employers when the claimant’s injuries resulted from risk of impulsive acts.

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