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Hobson v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

Supreme Court of Arizona

October 30, 1950

HOBSON
v.
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORP. et al

Award set aside.

Leonard S. Sharman, Phoenix, for petitioner.

Robert E. Yount, Phoenix, H. S. McCluskey and Donald J. Morgan, Phoenix, of counsel, for respondent Industrial Commission.

Stanford, Justice. La Prade, C. J., and Udall, Phelps and De Concini, JJ., concurring.

OPINION

Stanford, Justice.

[71 Ariz. 42] This case is before us on a writ of certiorari to review an award of the Industrial Commission of Arizona, denying compensation to petitioner, Wayne Hobson.

Petitioner, who is thirty-seven years of age, was employed by the defendant-employer, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. His work was that of a horse wrangler, in the filming of a western picture, "The Arrow", in the Oak Creek area, near Sedona, Arizona. The location where the pictures were to be taken was about seven miles from the Sedona Lodge which was headquarters for the company, and where most of the actors and workers were fed and quartered. The corral was about one mile from the scene where the pictures were made, being on the road to the location of the set.

The accident occurred at the close of the day's work on the 21st day of June, 1949, as petitioner was preparing his string of horses to return to the corral. The manner in which the accident occurred, was told in the following language given in his testimony: "The black horse, the third horse from me over, he bites the sorrel horse next to me. I am between the last two horses. He reaches over and bites this horse here, and the sorrel horse, he whirls to kick him with his two back feet, and he whirled his head into me and knocks me down as I am getting ready to mount to go on * * *."

On the 22nd of June, 1949, after some first aid treatment, petitioner was taken to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital at Cottonwood, Arizona. He was kept there about three days then came to Phoenix, where he was treated by Dr. Stanford F. Hartman, at the Grunow Clinic.

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The testimony shows that "he was admitted on the 29th to the Good Samaritan Hospital for traction and Kenney packs in an attempt to relieve the spasm in his muscles." He remained there until the 7th day of July, 1949.

Dr. K. B. Brilhart, of the hospital at Cottonwood, in his report, said: "Examination of the back reveals some moderate spasm of the erector spinae muscles ...


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