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Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 2:00 am | Updated: 11:56 am, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled in favor of granting workers’ compensation to a man who admitted smoking marijuana before being mauled by a captive grizzly bear at Great Bear Adventures near West Glacier in 2007.

The court upheld the findings of the Montana Workers’ Compensation Court, which previously characterized Brock Hopkins’ actions as “mind-bogglingly stupid” but ruled that marijuana use was not a major contributing cause of his injuries.

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          Welcome to the discussion.

          4 comments:

          • heavystone posted at 1:25 pm on Fri, Mar 25, 2011.

            heavystone Posts: 10

            I agree with the idea that being stoned didn't necessarily cause the mauling. But I can sure picture this guy, out mending the fence, getting high. He looks over at the bear and says " Whoa man, I bet he's hungry too.." The chances that Kilpatrick's version of the events is flawed are decent. It's a pretty small operation up there, and under-the-table happens. A lot. That being said, this gives a terrible precident for getting hurt at work while high. How many people in MT are currently out of work after being denied LSI for failing a pee test? While I'm down for a smoke in the recreation times, I love beer too. I wouldn't dream of coming to work on either one.. This guy was already on probation, let him pay his own medical bills. I certainly would hate to think my taxes will send him a check every month into perpetuity, like most LSI receipients.

             
          • montanaeasy56 posted at 6:35 am on Fri, Mar 25, 2011.

            montanaeasy56 Posts: 234

            Luckily this clown survived. Otherwise the initial headlines would have read....MAN MAULED BY BEAR WHILE IN THE PROCESS OF BURGLARIZES DEN AREA!" Both of these guys, the owner and the "employee" are just plain idiots. I suspect both use a little of the miracle weed on ocassion.

             
          • Partyer posted at 1:14 pm on Thu, Mar 24, 2011.

            Partyer Posts: 684

            I can't wait to hear Leno's version of this story.
            But I agree, I doubt that marijuana impairment factored in that much, I like that "grizzly bears are equal opportunity maulers".
            However, marijuana use over time most certainly could be a part of Mr. Hopkins overall problems in general, do you suppose? Or was he just born "mind-bogglingly stupid?"
            Nah.....
            I'm glad he wasn't seriously hurt, so I don't feel bad about saying this is all absolutely hilarious.

             
          • Dolphin posted at 6:42 am on Thu, Mar 24, 2011.

            Dolphin Posts: 123

            Let this be a lessen to all of you people out there that don't want to run a business legitimately. This is why you don't pay or work "under the table" and carry Worker's Comp. Insurance!!!!! Especially if you run a dangerous business like a BEAR PARK, duh!

             

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