Lack of evidence of employment risk nixes benefit claim
Case Name: New York City Transit Authority, 121 NYWCLR 47 (N.Y. W.C.B., Panel 2021).
Ruling: In denying benefits, a Board panel held that the claimant’s knee injury, sustained while exiting the employer’s building and stepping down a stair, was the result of an idiopathic event and was not work related.
What it means: Where the edidence indicates that the claimant had knee symptons before the work incident, and she did not slip or twist her leg, the claimant’s knee injury while merely stepping down a stair while exiting the employer’s building is a idiopathic event and not related to her employment.