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Fatal Car Accident While Performing Union Duties Found Compensable

In Elyria v. Scott, 9 Dist. No. 13CA010459, 2015-Ohio-4619, Nov. 9, 2015, a city worker died in a motor vehicle accident on his way to his home to drop off his truck while setting up for a steak fry as part of his union duties. Because the collective bargaining agreement provided the decedent was able to take leave from his regular job to fulfill union duties and still be paid his regular salary, the claim was allowed. The Ninth District Court of Appeals found the death claim was compensable even though claimant was traveling to his home at the time of the accident because the overall purpose of his errand was work related.  The court reasoned the errand was consistent with the contract of hire and logically related to employment.

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