Posts Tagged ‘WORKERS COMP’

An employee at a Medieval Times restaurant in Schaumburg, Ill. has filed a lawsuit against the owners after he was flung from a horse during a dinner show. Frank Kaszycki claims in his lawsuit that during the show, the horse suddenly reared up and threw him onto his back and then fell on top of him, causing him injury. The lawsuit is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.  Serena Maria Daniels, Chicago Tribune.

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A federal judge has set aside $100 million in punitive damages awarded to workers injured a 2007 chemical release at a British Petroleum refinery in Texas, the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday. In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt said the plaintiffs failed to show “clear and convincing” evidence of gross negligence necessary to justify the punitive damage award.

Judge Hoyt reduced combined damages in the case to $340,660.  An attorney for the plaintiffs said the ruling essentially gave BP a “free pass.”  Brett Clanton, Houston Chronicle.  Needless to say, BP lawyers like Houston judges.

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Employees for Exxon Mobile Corp. have filed a lawsuit against their employer.  According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs allege Exxon exposed the workers to dangerous levels of radiation contained in oil drilling pipes.  The employees say Exxon knew about the risk of radiation exposure and Exxon’s actions were “reckless and reprehensible.”

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On the job exposure to chemicals and airborne toxins can be deadly for employees.  If you or a loved one have been exposed to dangerous chemicals or toxins and have suffered catastrophic injury, then you may be entitled to money damages.  Contact one of our employee rights attorneys for a free and confidential consultation.

Lawyers for 16 men in a lawsuit against Exxon Mobile Corp. called the energy giant “reckless and reprehensible” during closing arguments last week in a case accusing Exxon of knowingly exposing workers to dangerously radioactive material in used oil-drilling pipes. According to the lawsuit, Exxon knew of the risk of radiation exposure at its site in Harvey, La., since the early 1930s. Plaintiffs accuse the company of withholding the information to avoid regulatory charges from the federal government. “Exxon recklessly put profits above workers’ safety,” the plaintiffs’ lawyer told jurors in court last week, and is asking for $17 million in damages.

Workers at a Kleen Energy power plant filed a lawsuit against contractor after an explosion occurred during the gas line purge.  The explosion occurred on February 7, 2010. 

According to the Hartford Courant, th workers conducting the gas line purge were poorly trained and used gas fueled torches at the time of the blast.  The plaintiffs suffered severe head injuries when they were thrown against the wall.

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The LA Times is reporting a temporary agency has settled a workers compensation fraud lawsuit filed by the California Insurance Commission for $20 million.  The Insurance Commission alleged the temporary agency, Staffing Services Inc., misrepresented the number of its employees and their job duties in order to pay less in insurance premiums.  The regulators filed the lawsuit in November 2008 and the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office prosecuted the case. 

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Discover Property and Casualty Insurance Company was ordered by a Texas court to pay a San Antonio tree worker after the insurance company delayed payment for rehabilitative job training.  The worker, Charles Tate, an apartment supervisor, fell while trimming trees with a chainsaw at a San Antonio apartment complex.  After filing a claim for vocational benefits, Tate’s employer delayed paying him for his vocational retraining.

The jury found that the insurance company and the insurance company’s third party administrator knowingly engaged in an unfair and deceptive act.  On at least six occasions, the Texas Department of Insurance’s workers’ compensation division agreed with the injured employee, who suffered severe neck and shoulder injuries that made physical tasks impossible.  The agency ruled that he had a right under the law to have the insurance company pay for him to be retrained as a real estate agent, a career he wanted to pursue.

Of the $70 million verdict, $20 million was awarded for past and future mental anguish, $20 million in attorneys fees and $30 million in punitive damages.

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According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the family of one teenager highway construction worker killed in Tennessee.   The highway construction worker was killed in November of 2009 while working on the median of Interstate 75.   The construction worker was struck by a pickup truck driven by an employee of T and T Trucking when the pickup truck went off the roadway through the construction zone, struck two workers and hit several fence posts before stopping over 100 yards after the initial impact.

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When families are faced with  a crisis of this magnitude, they need lawyers that have dealt with this type of case compassionately and effectively.  Our firm represents the families of workers killed on the job.  Contact one of our wrongful death attorneys for a free legal consultation.