18 A.D.2d 1045 (1963)

In the Matter of the Claim of Arnold Rothschild, Appellant, v. Flatbush Jewish Center et al., Respondents. Workmen's Compensation Board, Respondent

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Third Department.

March 13, 1963

Claimant was injured when he was struck by an automobile at 10 o'clock at night on a public street on his way home from his place of employment. He contended that he was on his way home to get keys with which he would return to the employer's premises and lock up certain valuable articles. The disbelief by the board of an assertion of this kind is not an absence of substantial evidence in support of a negative finding. The burden of proof is with the claimant in this area of the case. The decision here is distinguishable from the ambiguous finding of the board considered in Matter of Wolff v. Jaralomon & Co. (4 A.D.2d 923), where one possible alternative under the board's decision was the rejection of the occurrence of an accident which had been corroborated by disinterested witnesses and supported by the employer's report. That decision is not a precedent which, in the case before us, would require a reversal of the board's judgment of the facts. The findings in this case are not, as appellant argues "reversible error" as a matter of law. Rather they lie well within the fact-finding power of the board.

Determination unanimously affirmed, without costs.


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