An employee was engaged in furthering his employer’s business interests when he tried to hold back a sneeze during a business meeting, tearing his retina, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

Giving a broad interpretation to what kind of injury can get an employee workers’ compensation benefits, the three-judge panel in Carroll v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board said because claimant Russell Carroll was on his employer’s premises doing his job when he was injured, he could be compensated for losing vision in his left eye when his retina tore.

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