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Wilson v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board
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Plaintiff, a grade school teacher, was injured in an automobile accident after driving her children to school and driving to her own school. In her car, was a small bag containing school supplies, including her teaching manual. Plaintiff claimed the accident arose out and in the course of her employment. The school district did not require teacher to use personal transportation; public transportation was available. Class preparation was often done at home for convenience, although there was time to do it at school. Plaintiff went to the Defendant, attempting to be compensated for her injures. Defendant denied her benefits, making the following principal findings: (1) Plaintiff’s home was not a second job site because her activities outside school hours were matters of personal choice, (2) only convenience motivated Plaintiff’s automobile trip, and (3) the “transportation of the work-related items was not a major part of the trip, nor even a significant alternative reason for t he trip.” Plaintiff sought review of this order.
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