Monthly Archives:' June 2011

Quadriplegia made heatstroke foreseeable

A quadriplegic who suffered severe heatstroke when his caregiver left him in her car on a hot day was entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for the stroke as a compensable consequence of the workplace injury that paralyzed him in the first place, the South Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled. In disputing the claim, the workers’ comp insurer argued that both the claimant’s decision to ride in his caretaker’s non-air-conditioned car on a scorching day and the caregiver’s negligence constituted unforeseeable intervening acts that broke the chain of causation.