AN Australian civil servant injured by a light fitting while having sex in a motel room during a business trip has won a five-year fight for worker's compensation.
The legal battle centred on whether the woman, who cannot be named, was technically working when she invited a male friend back to her motel. While the pair had sex, the light fitting fell from its mount and hit her, lacerating her nose and mouth.
The woman, who required hospital treatment and had to give up her job after suffering depression, sought compensation for the physical and psychological injuries.
Her claim was dismissed by Comcare, the federal government's workplace insurance body, on the grounds that the passionate interlude was unconnected with her work.
However, Justice John Nicholas ruled that she would have been compensated had she been injured playing cards in her room – and this situation was no different. Yesterday, the Federal Court upheld that judgment. (© Independent News Service)