Personal Injury Cases in the News
The Chicago Tribune recently reported that the Estate of NHL player Derek Boogaard has filed a suit against the NHL attributing his personal injury to its unlawful practices. Specifically, it is alleged that Boogaard regarded as a hockey “enforcer” took up to 10 oxycodone pain killers a day, and that the league knew or should have known, that players with brain damage are at higher risk for drug addiction.
In Michigan, the usual remedy for an injury to a worker is under the Workers’ Compensation Act, MCL 418.131. Under this statute for a work related injury the general rule is that it is the worker’s exclusive remedy. Under the statute there is a trade off in that the worker’s rights to compensation are limited but are insured in that employers defenses of worker’s comparative fault are eliminated. This is true with respect to employer negligence. However, where the employee is able to establish much more than negligence, there is the intentional tort exception to the exclusive remedy rule.
For instance, in McNees v. Cedar Stampings, Co., 184 Mich App 101 (1990) allegations that an employee was injured by a defective foot pedal while operating a stamping press was sufficient to state a claim for intentional tort. That is because the employer was aware of the defect but still ordered the employee to operate the press while knowing that an injury was likely to occur under the circumstances.
If you or a loved one have been injured at work and need legal advice, please feel free to call Guy Vining. All initial consolations are free of charge and all injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis so that you have no obligation unless you prevail in the case.
Guy Vining practices personal injury law from his Metro-Detroit office in Taylor, Michigan. He has represented clients in personal injury actions for over 25 years in such areas as: car, boat, motorcycle, and truck accidents; slip, trip, and falls including black ice and defective design; medical and dental malpractice, denial of insurance benefits for wages, medical and home assistance to automobile accident victims.