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Chipotle settles after jury awards $7.9M to employee in workers’ comp retaliation case

Following an almost $8 million jury verdict, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. reached a confidential settlement with a former manager who claims the restaurant chain retaliated against her after she filed a workers’ comp claim.  [Read more…]

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Jury awards $13.6M to 4 workers in plant explosion; more lawsuits coming

A Louisiana jury has awarded four workers a total of almost $13.6 million for the injuries they suffered in a 2013 explosion at a petrochemical plant. Two were killed and 114 were injured in the explosion. More lawsuits are yet to be heard in the case.  [Read more…]

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Jury awards $2.2M to worker for back injury

What happens when a company chooses to go without workers’ comp insurance? One potential result is a large jury award when an employee is injured, such as what happened in this case.  [Read more…]

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Jury awards worker $28 million for lung damage from mold exposure

A jury found a company responsible for causing a worker’s respiratory injury. The price the company now has to pay: $28 million. [Read more…]

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Jury awards $179M to three workers burned in grain explosion

Claiming their employer failed to take action to avoid an explosion, three contract workers who were seriously burned will receive a total of $179 million in compensatory and punitive damages from ConAgra Foods. [Read more…]

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Worker’s legs crushed; jury awards $11.2 million

A jury has found an employer 60% responsible for injuries to an employee who was struck by a car. The driver of the car was found 10% responsible. [Read more…]

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Explosion kills worker, injures 2 others; jury awards $20M

General contractors have to make sure their own employees live by the rules set for subcontractors. That’s the lesson from an expensive lawsuit in Texas. [Read more…]

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Jury awards $30.4 million in worker’s popcorn lung lawsuit

A jury in Chicago has awarded the largest individual verdict in a popcorn lung disease case. [Read more…]

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$11M verdict: Why didn’t workers’ comp cover this fatality?

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Workers’ comp laws usually prohibit lawsuits against companies when a worker is seriously injured or killed on the job. But a lawyer in Texas found a way to skirt the law and win a huge jury award. [Read more…]

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Employer surveillance ‘harmed’ employee, court awards 1 million

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Have you ever been suspicious of a workers’ comp claim? Be careful. A recent ruling appears to draw an important — and, in this case, extremely expensive — distinction between “reasonable” and what you might call “reflexive” suspicion. [Read more…]

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