Once Bitten Twice Denied
On September 14, 2012, The Alabama Supreme Court released its decision in the case of Ex parte Johnnie L. Odom. In Mercy Logging, LLC v. Johnnie L. Odom, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals previously reversed the trial Court’s ruling that Odom’s snake bite injuries which he received while trying to catch a rattlesnake were compensable. (See July 27, 2012 article "Rattlesnake Roundup Gone Awry"). Odom petitioned the Supreme Court for a Writ of Certiorari and the Supreme Court declined to review, with no opinion. However, Justice Murdock did write a concurring opinion, in which he stated that Odom’s injuries were not causally connected to his employment because Odom had departed on his own personal enterprise when he decided to catch, rather than kill, the rattlesnake.