Maximum Benefits, Medical, Lost Wages and Penalties Permitted Under Workers' Compensation
A roofer’s wife and daughter were awarded the maximum amount permitted under workers’ compensation laws. In addition, the arbitrator awarded penalties against Jonah Enterprises for defending the claim in bad faith.
- The Case
A Local 11 Union Roofer fell through a roof and died. As a result, his family filed a workers’ compensation claim. The roofer’s employer, Jonah Enterprises, refused to pay any benefits because they claimed they were not his employer, but rather he was an independent contractor.
- In Depth Look
Jonah Enterprises argued that this was a side job, the roofer was working on a Sunday and there was no evidence of a pay check because it was the first day of work. As a result, we took the case to trial. At trial, and after extensive investigation and testimony, Mark Weissburg argued to the arbitrator that not only was Jonah Enterprises the employer but that their refusal to pay constituted bad faith and penalties should be awarded.
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