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Cunningham v. Shelton Security Service, Inc.
Citation:46 S.W.3d 131 (Tenn. 2001)
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Mr. Cunningham worked as a security guard for the defendant and died of heart failure while performing his duties at a store. Three young men had entered the store. Mr. Cunningham asked the young men to leave because they were attempting to shoplift. The suspected shoplifters “talked back” to Mr. Cunningham The young men apparently threatened to come back and kill Mr. Cunningham. A short time later, Mr. Cunningham had a heart attack and later perished. Mr. Cunningham’s estate later filed for workers’ compensation benefits. However, the defendant refused such benefits, arguing that the injury did not arise out of the course of employment.
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