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Workers' Compensation - Cannot Sue Employer

Although this case was not handled by the Karns Law Group, we found it interesting and wanted to share it with our readers here on the blog.

The estate of an executive who was killed when struck by a helicopter blade cannot sue his employer or the helicopter manufacturer, per the 7th Circuit Appeals Court.

The employer owned the helicopter and, in an effort to save time, said passengers had to exit before the blades stopped. Because an employee cannot sue his employer and is eligible only for worker's compensation, there can be no negligence suit.

The manufacturer is also not liable, per the court, as it was not the responsibility of the manufacturer, but was the responsibility of the pilots that work for the same employer.

The estate's only remedy is worker's compensation.

This case would reach a similar result in Rhode Island as an employee or his estate cannot sue his employer and can only collect worker's compensation benefits. In this case the widow of the deceased employee could collect worker's compensation benefits.

If you or someone you know has been injured by the negligence of another or needs help with a claim for Workers' Compensation, contact Karns Law Group now in Providence at (401) 270-0023 and Middletown at (401) 841-5300 for a free consultation or more information.

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