Sandburn v. Hall
Indiana Court of Appeals
96 N.E.2d 912 (1951)
John Hall (defendant) and his wife owned a hardware and farm-equipment business in Indiana. In early July of 1949, Hall engaged Sandburn (plaintiff) to perform carpentry work in connection with renovations on Hall’s home. The home and the associated carpentry work were not connected to Hall’s business. Sandburn began working at Hall’s home three or four days after Hall hired him. Sandburn worked steadily and maintained consistent hours throughout the day. Sandburn was not employed anywhere else while he was working at Hall’s home. A few weeks after the carpentry project began, Sandburn suffered an eye injury while plastering a ceiling at Hall’s home. Other workers completed the carpentry project after Sandburn’s injury. Sandburn applied for workers’-compensation benefits, but the industrial board denied Sandburn’s application. The board found that on the date of Sandburn’s injury, Sandburn had been performing casual services that were not in the usual course of Hall’s regular business. Sandburn appealed the board’s decision to the Indiana Court of Appeals.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Wiltrout, C.J.)
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