In the first year of law school, professors have traditionally introduced students to a conceptual puzzle called the “plaintiff with an eggshell skull.”
This typically occurs in a class on torts, where students learn about types of personal injuries for which the law provides a remedy. The plaintiff with the proverbial “eggshell skull” is a hypothetical case intended to ask about the existence or limits of liability when someone is especially vulnerable to injury.
A somewhat different type of analysis arises in workers’ compensation cases. In the workers’ comp setting, an insurance adjuster for your employer may try to argue that an injury is not covered by workers’ compensation because it was suffered outside of work.