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Aussie woman gets worker's comp for sex injury


A 'Do not disturb' sign hangs on the doorknob of a guest room at the Pegasus Hotel in Jamaica.


Clive Rose

An Aussie woman injured while "doing the deed" on a business trip is eligible for worker's comp, a court has ruled.

The unidentified woman, in her late 30s, suffered nose and and mouth injuries when a light fixture fell on her face while having sex with a male friend in a hotel in 2007, The Australian reported.

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She claimed physical and psychological injuries, stating in court documents she later suffered depression and was unable to work for the government.

Her initial worker's comp claim was accepted, but then revoked by an administrative tribunal who ruled sex was "not an ordinary incident of an overnight stay" such as showering, sleeping and eating, The Associated Press reported.

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Three appeals later, the Full Bench of the Federal Court ruled the injuries should be considered as being sustained during "the course of her employment," according to USA Today.

Judges said the woman could have also received compensation had she been injured playing cards in her hotel room.

Comcare was considering an appeal to the High Court, Australia's highest legal authority, the AP reported.