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6223 : Work-Related Injuries from Fighting & Horseplay
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Memo 6223-3-1: Work-related Injuries From Fight & Horseplay TABLE OF CONTENTS
     WORK-RELATED INJURIES ARE COVERED BY WORKERS' COMPENSATION
     INJURIES FROM FIGHTS & HORSEPLAY MAY NOT BE COVERED BY WORKERS' COMP
     LEGAL CONSEQUENCES
     ADDITIONAL POINT
     RELATED MEMOS

QUESTIONS
Does workers' comp cover the injuries of employees who start a fight?
Does workers' comp cover the injuries of employees who are drawn into a fight?
Does workers' comp cover injuries that occur while employees are horsing around?
Are injuries from customary horseplay covered by workers' comp?
Are injuries that result from practical jokes covered by workers' comp?
Is an innocent bystander covered by workers' comp for horseplay injuries?

Note: The workers' compensation (workers' comp) rules apply to virtually all employees and many non-employee workers, no matter their classification. So, from here on, "employees" means everyone covered by workers' compensation. Still, workers' compensation does not cover certain volunteers, independent contractors, and a few others. See Memo 6205 Who Is Covered for Workers' Compensation.

WORK-RELATED INJURIES ARE COVERED BY WORKERS' COMPENSATION

Generally, employees are covered by workers' compensation (workers' comp) when:1

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