Blache v. Maryland Casualty Co.

283 So. 2d 319 (1973)

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Blache v. Maryland Casualty Co.

Louisiana Court of Appeal
283 So. 2d 319 (1973)

Facts

Emily Blache (plaintiff) was a domestic employee of Dr. Benjamin Pardue (defendant) when she fell at Dr. Pardue’s residence and was injured. Blache filed a claim for workers’-compensation benefits against Dr. Pardue and his insurer, Security Insurance Company (Security) (defendant). Security’s insurance policy issued to Dr. Pardue included coverage for all employees and was specifically for the Downman Road Clinic. The policy did not include domestic employment. Blache claimed that in addition to her duties as a domestic servant, she answered telephone calls for Dr. Pardue, helped at his clinic, and cleaned his old clinic before it was sold. Dr. Pardue asserted that Blache was a domestic servant at his residence and did not perform services for him at the clinic. Dr. Pardue and Security moved for summary judgment, which was granted in their favor. Blache appealed, arguing that she was entitled to benefits and that the insurance policy issued to Dr. Pardue from Security afforded coverage to her.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Schott, J.)

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