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Appeals court: Lawyer not entitled to worker's comp in motorcycle crash

The judge's gavel is seen in court room 422 of the New York Supreme Court at 60 Centre Street February 3, 2012. Picture taken February 3, 20
The judge's gavel is seen in court room 422 of the New York Supreme Court at 60 Centre Street February 3, 2012. Picture taken February 3, 20

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A state appeals court said a Madison lawyer is not entitled to worker's compensation, after he was paralyzed in a motorcycle crash while cultivating a client.  

44-year-old Jacob Westerhof went with a real estate appraiser to a Harley-Davidson rally at Tomahawk -- and he crashed one of the appraiser's bikes near Wausau and became a paraplegic. That was in 2006.  

In '09, Westerhof filed for worker's compensation, saying the trip was part of his marketing efforts to cultivate clients for his law firm. The firm's insurance carrier rejected the claim -- and so did an administrative law judge, a state review commission, and a circuit judge.  

The appellate court said the motorcycle trip was not initiated by Westerhof for the express purpose of entertaining a client for business purposes. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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