Goodson v. Affiliated Computer Services

The plaintiff had a prosthetic eye implanted secondary to an injury resulting from domestic violence.  Plaintiff was speaking at a seminar in the course and scope of her employment for her employer.  During the seminar, the trainer proclaimed that he didn’t even notice her eye.  Plaintiff contended that the comment triggered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and that the claim should be held compensable as an “accident” while in the course and scope of her employment.  However, the Court of Appeals affirmed the North Carolina Industrial Commission’s ruling that the event was not an “accident” because it was not an “unlooked for and untoward” event.

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