In November of 2007, Brock Hopkins was mauled by a bear at "Great Bear Adventures" in Montana - suffering severe injuries to his legs. He was feeding the animals as a volunteer according to the park's owner.
Mr. Hopkins admitted to smoking marijuana that morning - which precipitated the attack according to the park owner and his lawyer. Yet last month a judge disagreed.
The judge said he could see nothing being the cause of the attack but the bear itself. Additionally, the judge found that the park owner’s admission of giving Mr. Hopkins money in exchange for his labor constituted “employment.” As a result, the judge ruled that Hopkins is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
In the ruling the judge wryly added, "It is not as if this attack occurred when Hopkins inexplicably wandered into the grizzly pen while searching for the nearest White Castle."
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