A large bakery near Newark, New Jersey.
An employee suffered a severe and disabling injury when his arm was caught in a conveyor machine. Though he received workers compensation benefits, the employee sued the employer under a third party manufacturer theory, as the employer had recently purchased the corporation that hired the employee. The employee sought more than $1 million in damages.
The Chartwell Solution:
Even though a New Jersey trial court had determined under similar circumstances that workers compensation litigation immunity did not apply, Chartwell attorneys were able to successfully argue for summary judgment (over a period of several months) by convincingly distinguishing the prior decision. Plaintiff appealed the decision, but the Chartwell attorneys were also successful on appeal.