Stripper's injury compensation upheld

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- An Indiana appellate court says a stripper injured while pole-dancing was entitled to a previous workers compensation award.

The state Court of Appeals found that the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board had been correct when it awarded Angela Hobson $10,400 for a 2001 injury she suffered while twirling on a pole at Indianapolis' Shangri-La West, the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette said Wednesday.

Hobson had filed a workers' compensation claim in 2003 after discovering she had a herniated disc in her cervical spine from her stripping performance.

The strip club, which did not have workers' compensation insurance when the injury occurred, had appealed the Compensation Board's ruling in an attempt to avoid the compensation award.

The newspaper said not only did the strip club lose its appeal, but the state court tack on 5 percent under a mandatory state law regarding such appeals.