An issue frequently arises when a working person injured in a construction or demolition accident, or by a defective scaffold, has both a Workers' Compensation and a Negligence, or Personal Injury case--how should the lawyers handle settlements on each of the cases, and are the lawyers acting together and coordinating their efforts for the benefit of the injured worker whose life has changed forever by his injury and disability?
Arturo Gonzalez (for the sake of privacy, not his real name) will receive more than $3,500,000.00 in workers' compensation and personal injury benefits. I wish that Arturo had never been injured, and that employers throughout New York made every effort to keep their workplaces safe, but at least Arturo will be compensated for his injuries and his suffering, as he learns to make a new life.
About 55,000 people who lived in fume-filled trailer homes in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will share in a $37.5 million dollar settlement from the companies that built them. The so-called FEMA trailers used formaldehyde-based insulation and glues that often made the occupants sick. The prefabricated homes were used in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas.