Friday, December 29, 2006

Ohio Supreme Court ruling says employee's negligence limits claim to workers' compensation

The New York Times reports on what appears to be a landmark ruling in Workers Compensation Law:
The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a KFC franchise’s petition to deny workers’ compensation payments to a teenage boy who was severely burned while cleaning a pressure cooker, raising questions from lawyers and the dissenting judges about the basic no-fault tenet of the state’s workers’ compensation...

...James J. Brudney, an Ohio State University law professor and labor expert, said the decision could upset a balance struck by workers’ compensation laws, which offer workers payments without assessing blame and generally preclude an injured worker from suing his employer...


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