Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Partner Rob Cook recently secured a six-figure settlement in a third-party personal injury case arising from a workplace injury.
As court records indicate, Rob’s client sustained back and arm injuries after slipping and falling on ice in the course of her employment. She ultimately required a lumbar pain stimulator and underwent surgery on her wrist and elbow.
In New Jersey, workers’ compensation is typically the sole legal remedy for workers injured on the job. However, there are circumstances in which workers can seek financial recoveries outside of the workers’ comp system – particularly when third parties (meaning parties that are not the worker’s employer) negligently cause or contribute to injuries. In these situations, workers can pursue claims against at-fault third parties in civil court, a venue that allows for the recovery of compensation that is not available through workers’ comp, such as damages for pain and suffering.
As there was a viable third-party claim, Rob pursued litigation against a non-employer defendant and ultimately secured a settlement totaling $850,000.
Robert Y. Cook is a Partner at Levinson Axelrod, P.A.’s Forked River office. A U.S. Army Veteran who served as a field artillery officer, Robert leverages his sharpened discipline and attention to detail to help clients build the strongest possible cases. His areas of practice include premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, defective products, and other complex injury claims. Most recently, Rob settled a pair of auto accident cases for a combined $2.5 million in compensation.