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Court rules for state in road trip dispute

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

FLINT  (AP) - A worker's compensation claim in Michigan could require a full tank of gas.

  The Michigan Supreme Court says a person injured on the job has no right to have a worker's compensation hearing in the same county. The court recently reversed a decision from the state appeals court in the case of Lawrence Younkin, who injured his back in Genesee County.

  Younkin sued after officials consolidated offices and moved some hearings to Eaton County from Flint, a distance of roughly 70 miles.

  Michigan law says a hearing must be held in the "locality" where the injury occurred, but officials created 11 districts for claims to be heard.

  The Supreme Court says travel to another county might be an inconvenience but not an unreasonable one.

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