From: Ralph Stuart <000005bc294e9212-dmarc-request**At_Symbol_Here**LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Can A Woman Who Lost Her Arm In A Lab Explosion Sue UHawaii?
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2018 08:01:24 -0400
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In my experience, this is an ongoing issue nationally with regard to graduate research workers. Complete story at the URL below.

- Ralph

Can A Woman Who Lost Her Arm In A Lab Explosion Sue UH?
The university contends the former postdoctoral fellow must seek relief through the workers‰?? compensation system.

The fate of a lawsuit filed by a researcher severely injured in a lab accident may come down to what her employment status was at the University of Hawaii Manoa.

Thea Ekins-Coward was a postdoctoral fellow when the explosion occurred in 2016; she filed a lawsuit against UH claiming negligence in 2017.

The question about her employment status may elevate the case to the Hawaii Supreme Court after attorneys for Ekins-Coward filed a petition to the state‰??s high court last month, contending she was never a UH employee.

UH lawyers, who declined to comment for this report, argue in court documents that Ekins-Coward cannot pursue restitution in court. They say her only recourse is workers‰?? compensation.


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