Casey Pike v. CNO Financial Group

Insurance Company

Sentry Insurance

Date Decided

October 5, 2021

Panel Members

Elizabeth Elwin

David Hirtle

Tom Pelletier


Employee / er Definitions Statutory Construction Employee / er Definitions Statutory Construction


athletic event

File Size

87 KB


Summary from the Troubh Heisler Attorneys

Casey Pike v. CNO Financial Group (21-26) - Pike sold insurance for CNO, which annually sponsored a golf tournament to raise money for charity. Pike did not play golf but volunteered to help put on the event by registering golfers, selling raffle tickets, and serving lunch and beverages. She fell out of a golf cart and injured her face, and she filed petitions for lost time and medical benefits.

Among the other defenses, CNO argued that §102 (11) (C) excludes from WC coverage injuries incurred during voluntary participation in an employer-sponsored athletic event. Judge Collier agreed and denied the petitions, and Pike appealed.

The Appellate Division upheld the decision finding the statute “broad enough to encompass her activities that day.” The panel found that Judge Collier’s “application of the law to the facts was neither arbitrary nor without rational foundation.”

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