Danielle Magoon v. Hannaford Bros. Co.
June 17, 2021
Summary from the Troubh Heisler Attorneys
Danielle Magoon v. Hannaford Bros. (attached) - Magoon worked for Hannaford at the customer service station. During a busy day she was checking out customers and dropped a receipt. She squatted down to pick it up from the floor and felt pain in her right knee, eventually requiring multiple surgeries and other treatment. Hannaford questioned legal causation, arguing that her scootching down did not increase her risk of injury beyond a normal, non-work day.
Magoon filed petitions and testified credibly at hearing that she was busy and rushing at work. Judge Hirtle found that her hurrying and scooching down at work increased the risk of injury, and he ordered payment of benefits accordingly. Hannaford appealed, but the Appellate Division upheld the decision, distinguishing opposing precedent, and finding competent evidence of "increased risk legal causation" solely in Magoon's testimony about hurrying at work.