A former supervisor at the Trenton Water Works, who also happens to be the half-brother of the city's mayor, may face a battle to obtain workers' compensation from two separate claims amounting to $5,000. The city's council has decided it wanted to look into his claims further before approving a settlement. The council may be particularly concerned in this instance of workers' compensation claims because the man is currently jailed for allegedly being involved in the misuse of city workers and resources.
Readers of our New Jersey personal injury blog are aware of the many types of accidents for which victims may seek compensation, from drunk driving accidents to incidents of medical malpractice. In general, if one person or party's negligence caused injury to another, that negligent party may be held liable for damages. Sometimes, however, an accident occurs that was not necessarily anyone else's fault - what does this mean for the injury victim? If the accident occurred while the victim was at work, workers' compensation may be an option.
Recently, the head of a Trenton-based construction company pleaded guilty to stealing more than $450,000 in worker's compensation-related money. The man was charged with two counts of second degree theft by deception. Specifically, he was charged with sending false information to the worker's compensation insurance carrier for his company.
The city of Paterson, New Jersey, recently awarded a $275,000 workers' compensation settlement to a public works employee. The employee had sustained workplace injuries on three separate occasions. In the first accident, the employee complained that he had hurt his lower back while lifting a garbage can. The second incident occurred when the worker allegedly injured his arm when the truck he was riding in backed into another vehicle, and he accidentally hit his arm on the truck's side-view mirror. The third incident occurred in a similar manner as the first when the worker strained his lower back lifting a barrel. The Paterson City Council approved the settlement.
Recently, the state comptroller for New Jersey made a statement calling for increased awareness of the potential for wasting taxpayer money on fraudulent worker's compensation claims. Specifically, the statement called for increased scrutiny of third party companies that are hired by state and local governments to administer workers' compensation claims.
Employed individuals may be interested to know of a recent decision made by a New Jersey court. A former employee of a bank brought a claim regarding workers' compensation disability benefits. She asserted that she was suffering from a psychological illness in connection with her employment. This was eventually struck down by the court.
South Brunswick police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating two industrial accidents in Middlesex County that left two men seriously injured. The workplace accidents occurred in separate warehouses on April 21 in South Brunswick.
We've all seen in the news lately that the New Jersey legislature is trying to lure internet retailer Amazon to the state with millions of dollars in tax breaks. Amazon has dangled its plans to spend $130 million on the development and construction of distribution centers and create 1,500 full-time jobs in the Northeast. New Jersey and our neighboring states are all trying to sweeten the pot to win the heart of America's No. 1 online store.
New Jersey residents know that construction sites can be dangerous places, and many worksite accidents are preventable if employers and workers take the proper precautions. But sometimes the very location of a worksite can place workers in more danger than members of the general public. For example, when construction workers are working near or on a roadway, the constant flow of traffic presents a continuous risk of personal injury for the workers who have to remain there, doing their jobs.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines totalling $126,875 for a New Jersey linen rental company. OSHA says the company, Gemtex Inc., committed 37 serious and 11 other-than-serious health and safety violations. OSHA inspected the Palmyra facility after receiving a referral from New Jersey's Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Program.