Entries in Injuries (4)


Court OKs Workers Comp for Australian's Sex Injury on Business Trip

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- Australia's Federal Court has decided a woman who was hurt having sex while on a business trip in 2007 is eligible for worker's compensation.

The female's former employer had filed an appeal against the initial judgement in favor of the victim, saying her romp was her own business and the injury from a falling lamp during the deed wasn't their responsibility.

However, the court weighed in on the five-year legal battle last week, according to the Courier Mail, determining that because the company picked the motel in which she was injured, the victim's employers were responsible for whatever occurred there during the trip.

Because she was "engaged in sexual activity rather than some other lawful recreational activity while in her hotel room does not lead to any different result," the court decided.

Her employer has just one legal card left to play before it must pay up: an appeal to Australia's High Court.

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Train Collision in Shanghai Leaves 200+ Injured

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SHAGHAI) -- A collision between two subway trains in Shanghai Tuesday has left more than 200 people injured -- about twenty seriously -- according to the subway operator.

Shanghai Shentong Metro Group Co. said on its Weibo account -- a Chinese social media website much like Twitter -- that the crash occurred at 2:51 p.m. on Line 10. The company said a signal system failure caused one train to accidentally rear-end another.

Nearly 500 passengers who were on the trains have been safely evacuated, Shanghai Metro added.

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Four Injured After Suicide Car Bomb in Afghanistan

Antenna Audio, Inc./Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Four people were injured Thursday when a suicide car bomb exploded in front of a government building in Afghanistan.

The attack took place in the Musayi district in Kabul province.  A suicide bomber drove a pick-up truck loaded with explosives in front of an administrative building and set off the bomb, wounding three police officers and one civilian in the blast.  No one was killed.

The explosion caused extensive damage to the buiding.

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Egypt: Doctors Say Dozens More Dead Than Official Figures Claim

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CAIRO) -- Exhausted emergency room doctors working in two Egyptian hospitals estimate that at least 45 people have died from injuries suffered in the street battles by protesters demanding that President Hosni Mubarak step down, and treated more than 900 people for wounds ranging from cracked heads from large stones to bullet wounds.

The estimated death toll is higher than the five deaths that were cited by the Egyptian Health Ministry earlier this week.  The death toll is likely higher than 45 because other hospitals could not be reached or did not offer any figures on casualties.

Most of the wounded brought to Cairo University were treated for mild to moderate injuries and released.  But on Thursday, 86 severely wounded patients remained at the hospital.  The worst-injured suffered brain trauma from bullets, depression fractures from large stones and "massive lacerations of the liver" caused by knives and other sharp tools wielded in street attacks around Tahrir Square, said Dr. Alia Abdel Fattah, a critical care specialist overseeing emergency and intensive care units at the university's nine hospitals.

Fattah estimated that in two days, her staff saw 62 ruptured globes, which are tears in the surface of the eyeball, created during trauma.

Fattah said some of the most critically ill "died just on arrival, and some when we were doing resuscitation, because they arrived late."  She counted 10 deaths at the hospitals in the first four days of protests, and another five to six deaths on Wednesday.

In Alexandria, a physician who asked not to be publicly identified, said that last Friday, he saw "masses of people coming into our ER" and estimated that "about 30 protesters" had died on arrival after being hit by "gunfire from live bullets to the chest, abdomen and head."  He described "tens of patients" with bullet injuries to the chest, and others with bullets that had penetrated their brains and left them "deeply comatose."  Like many doctors and surgeons, he described large numbers of people treated for "ruptured eye globes due to rubber bullets."

Despite the early chaos, he described relative calm in Alexandria on Wednesday, when his hospital had no trauma cases.

Reports from hospital-based physicians suggested that casualties and deaths far outpaced official figures provided by the Egyptian government.  On Thursday, Egypt's health minister told state television there were five dead and more than 800 injured after overnight violence.

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