The case demonstrates two principles that are equally true in Arizona's workers compensation system. First, it is a "no fault" system - any injury that arises out of and occurs in the course and scope of a worker's employment is compensable, without regard to who was at fault in causing the accident. Second, the "scope" of an injured worker's employment can often be very broad in finding a claim compensable.
The best part of the article (link below) are the comments after the article. Some of my favorites:
"I was gonna feed a grizzly, but then I got high"
"The bear was upset because Hopkins was bogarting"
"This happens every day. We really need a national plan to help people become aware of the health risks associated with burning it and heading out to have a tussle with Smokey."
"Remember kids, don't bogart! Puff,puff,
"I did some coke with this lion one time. Almost got my butt mauled"
Chad T. Snow is an attorney who practices exclusively in the area of workers compensation in Arizona. He has offices in Phoenix and Tucson and has never smoked pot with a bear or any other predatory animal. He can be reached through his web site at Snow, Carpio, and Weekley.