Record $10 Million Settlement Reached In Worker’s Compensation Claim in Los Angeles, California.

Each year in the United States, thousands of American workers suffer injuries or wrongful death accidents resulting from their employment. Workers who are injured in the course of their employment are not permitted to pursue typical personal injury negligence claims against their employers or co-employees. Each state has established a worker’s compensation system in which a small portion of the employee’s paycheck is deposited into the worker’s compensation fund and is only made available if the employee suffers a work-related accident. The fund is often the exclusive recourse available to workers who are injured in the course of their employment because typical personal injuries claims are not available.

The sad truth about work-related accidents is that most of them are preventable. Only four percent of all workplace accidents nationwide are caused by faulty equipment or other technical issues. On the other hand, car crashes are the leading cause of work-related injuries and fatalities. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident at a Massachusetts workplace, your legal rights need to be protected.

Boram Teresa Choi worked as an assessor for Ernst & Young, a job that required her to constantly travel all over the state to appear at different locations. On June 5, 2013, Ms.Choi was returning to her office when her car veered down a steep embankment and crashed into a tree. The accident left her disabled and completely unable to work for the rest of her life. She hired Los Angeles attorney, Chris Asvar, of the Asvar Law Firm to pursue a claim for worker’s compensation benefits, as well as a tort claim against the California Department of Transportation, asserting that a dangerous condition in the roadway had caused her accident. After negotiations with the insurance companies, attorney Asvar was able to secure $3.2 million for Ms. Choi in civil recovery for her tort action, and $10 million in worker’s compensation, the record for any worker’s compensation claim in California.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of an injury suffered at a worksite or while acting in the capacity as an employee, it is critical that you contact one of our expert Massachusetts worker’s compensation attorneys as soon as possible to ensure that no filing deadlines are missed and that all of the necessary evidence is preserved. Call us today at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com. Your needs are our top priority!

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City Agrees To Pay Boston, Massachusetts Meter Maid $200,000 After She Was Accosted While Working.

Employers have the responsibility and duty of creating a safe, controlled work environment.  If an employer’s actions or negligence injures an employee, they may be held liable in a personal injury case for the expenses and personal injury damages that arise.  That seems obvious.  What may be less obvious to injured employees is that they may be compensated for injuries that happen while working that may not be directly caused by their employer.  When an employee is injured while working, sometimes even by a third party or other outside influence, the employer may still be liable for the injuries that befall their employee.

No motorist likes meter maids.  We have all experienced at one time or another being ticketed because we improperly parked for only a few minutes.  We may have run into a store to quickly buy something or our meter may have run out of time only two minutes before we could add just one more quarter.  While it may be frustrating to get a fine for such a minor infraction, meter maids are just local civil servants trying to do their job and make a living.  While it is understandable to be frustrated at the situation, it is not acceptable for a motorist to take that frustration out on the meter maid personally.

Unfortunately for meter maid Christi Noviello, that is exactly what one Boston, Massachusetts motorist did.  After shouting at her, the motorist reportedly threw hot coffee at Noviello, causing first-degree burns to her face.  The motorist was arrested, but that did little to compensate Noviello for her medical expenses and pain and suffering.  To recover for her personal injuries, Noviello filed a worker’s compensation lawsuit against her employer, the City of Boston.  Since the injury did occur while Noviello was working, the City of Boston agreed to pay her $200,000 for her injuries.

If you or a family member have been injured while working, contact the Boston worker’s compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates.  Our attorneys have decades of experience handling these matters, and have helped our clients recover millions of dollars in personal injury damages.  To make sure that you receive the rightful money damages that you justly deserve, call 617-787-3700, 24/7, or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com for your free, no obligation confidential consultation. Time may be a factor, so call us today!

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Illinois Company Fined Tens of Thousands of Dollars For Unsafe Work Environment.

Our Boston law firm is an expert team of Massachusetts injury lawyer specialists with years of experience and an unsurpassed record for recovering millions of dollars in personal injury damages.  We have gained a national reputation for effectively assisting our clients and getting consistently excellent results. Have you or a family member been injured while on the job? If so, our Boston worker’s compensation attorneys will make sure that you receive the money damages that you justly deserve.

Employers have a duty to ensure a safe work environment for their employees. This is especially true when the work or equipment used is particularly hazardous or dangerous. All too often, however, employers cut corners and costs when it comes to safety, which can lead to serious injury or even death.  To prevent this, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), often does routine inspections to ensure that employers comply with mandated safety requirements and procedures.  These inspections too frequently reveal unsafe and hazardous work conditions.

Just recently, OSHA proposed nearly $60,000 in penalties against an Illinois plumbing company.  Kellenberger Plumbing & Underground is a major plumbing and excavating company that failed a recent OSHA inspection.  Officials began their investigation after receiving a complaint that two workers were removing a sewer line in a trenching operation that was more than 8-feet deep at a workplace under construction.  There were no spotters or safety equipment in place, directly in contradiction with OSHA guidelines.

Trench safety guidelines are in place because an unprotected trench can bury a worker under thousands of pounds of soil in seconds and cause severe or fatal injuries.  According to osha.gov, this is the third time that Kellenberger Plumbing has been cited for violating federal trenching standards.

Employers do not always prioritize their employee’s safety.  It is crucial that you are aware of your rights as a worker and the salient details of your worker’s compensation benefits.   If you have been injured while working, please contact one of our expert worker’s compensation attorneys immediately, who will work tirelessly on your case to see that you are justly and fairly compensated.  Call us 24/7 at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com for your free and private consultation.  Your needs are our top priority!

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