New Mexico lawmakers are attempting to close a loophole that allows employees to receive workers’ compensation benefits for injuries sustained at work while intoxicated or stoned, the New Mexico Watchdog newspaper reports.

The story cites an example in 2006 where a Las Cruces city sanitation employee fell off a garbage truck and injured his head. Although he had a blood alcohol level of .12 at the time of his fall (nearly double the legal limit in New Mexico), an appeals court allowed him $90,000, or 90% of his workers” comp claim.

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