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Dancer Wins Worker's Compensation Award after Undergoing Surgery from Fall in Strip Club


Posted on Oct 10, 2007

It took six years but former exotic dancer Angela Hobson of Indianapolis finally received the worker’s compensation money.

After Fall from Pole, Dancer Underwent Spinal Surgery

The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld her claim for the injury she suffered six years ago at Shangri-La West strip club in Fort Wayne, where she fell from a dancing pole. Records show she underwent spinal surgery for a herniated cervical disc. She suffered pain in her neck and numbness in her body.

The dancer said she reported her injury to club managers but they denied knowing it. Hobson filed a worker’s compensation claim in 2003, according to Indy.com. Three years later, the state worker's compensation board awarded her temporary total disability benefits and other compensation totaling more than $10,000. The court added a 5 percent increase due to the passage of time.

Club Lacked Insurance, Violating Indiana Law

It was determined the club did not have a worker's compensation policy and was not self-insured -- a violation of Indiana law. The owner of the club said the lack of worker's compensation insurance was an oversight due to a missed payment.

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