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Is company liable for employee’s death after serving alcohol at work?

An employee’s estate alleged the employer served alcohol to the deceased during working hours and was therefore liable when she was struck and killed by a train on her way home. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Can dead worker’s relatives sue employer for wrongful death?

It’s difficult for relatives of a deceased worker to sue an employer for wrongful death because workers’ comp is considered the “exclusive remedy.” But this state has an exception to that rule. Did this case fit the exception?  [Read more…]

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Employee shot to death at work: Can his mother sue for wrongful death?

An employee with a criminal record shot another worker to death. Can the dead worker’s mother sue the company for wrongful death, or is her lawsuit barred by the exclusive remedy of workers’ compensation?  [Read more…]

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‘Their last moments were awful:’ $3.37M verdict upheld in confined space deaths

“Pain, increasing shortness of breath, increasing fear, increasing terror, and awareness of impending death.” That’s how a medical expert described the asphyxiation deaths of two workers at a commercial laundry. Now a court has upheld an almost $3.37 million award to the families of the two victims.  [Read more…]

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$4.3M to family for fatal forklift crash

Two New Jersey companies will pay a total of $4.3 million to the family of a man who was unable to stop the pallet truck he was driving. He later died of injuries suffered in the crash. [Read more…]

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Can employees skirt workers’ comp act by suing under another law?

Two state laws seem to conflict about employees’ right to sue their employer over exposure to toxic chemicals. [Read more…]

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17-year-old employee killed in shredder; can family sue for wrongful death?

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A company removed guards from a shredder, assigned an underage employee to use it and didn’t train him. The teen was crushed to death in the shredder. Does the teen’s family have a case for wrongful death, or are they limited to workers’ comp death benefits? [Read more…]

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