Farm workers eligible for worker’s comp after new ruling

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The New Mexico Supreme Court has sided with farm and ranch laborers who say they are entitled to worker’s compensation when injured on the job.

The case stems from a 2012 incident in which a woman who worked as a chile picker in Dona Ana County broke her wrist and requested worker’s comp but was denied.

The Supreme Court held on Thursday that denying farm laborers worker’s comp is unconstitutional.

The New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau said it was disappointed in the ruling and that it will be a financial blow to farmers and ranchers.

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