Intentional Physical Stunt not within Course and Scope of Employment

In the case of Penn. State University v. Workers’s Compensation Appeal Board (Smith), the Commonwealth Court reversed the Appeal Board’s affirmation of a claim petition. There was overwhelming evidence showing that the claimant did sustain injuries, but he also intentionally jumped down a flight of stairs. The Commonwealth Court decided that intentional physical stunts are not within the course and scope of employment and therefore not subject to Workers’ Compensation Benefits.