Clerk’s Workers’ Compensation Settlement Voided After Improper Vote

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported recently that a county clerk who received $21,600 in workers’ compensation payments after a PA slip and fall accident at work has had his claim voided by a judge. The clerk, who blamed water on the marble floor of the office building for the slip and fall, suffered knee and hip injuries. He entered into a $25,000 settlement agreement with the county freeholders.

The judge, however, voided the agreement because the county freeholders had voted to enter the settlement privately, in violation of the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act. The case has led the court to look more closely into previous decisions made by the county freeholders, who, according to some citizens, have been making secret decisions later ratified at public meetings for some time. The county freeholders’ behavior is under investigation, as it appears to violate the Open Public Meetings Act. Under the Act, citizens have a right to know what decisions local government makes about workers’ compensation payments, as those payments are made out of collected taxes.

The county clerk who was injured in the slip and fall accident had surgery for his injuries, but says he missed only “a day or two” of work and did not need crutches or a cane when he returned.

Accidents that take place at work usually entitle the accident victim to workers’ compensation payments from the employer. These payments are meant to help the injured employee with medical expenses and make up for lost wages until the employee can return to work. A skilled Pennsylvania injured at work attorney can help injured employees protect their rights and seek the compensation they need to make a full recovery. If you’ve been injured while on the job, please contact the attorneys at Anapol Weiss today by calling (866) 735-2792 for a free and confidential case evaluation.

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