Coworker saved from liability for parking lot incident

 Tuesday, August 14, 2012

 Risk & Insurance

A worker drove her car to work and parked in her employer’s parking lot. She shut off her car’s engine and removed her seat belt, but remained in the car, listening to the radio and drinking coffee. A coworker entered the parking lot and struck her car. The worker claimed that she suffered injuries to her head, neck, shoulder, back, knees, and toes. She briefly lost consciousness and was treated in a hospital. She sued the coworker. The New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division held that the worker’s suit was barred by the exclusive remedy provision of workers’ compensation.
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