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California: Somebody Else Did It! A Primer on Third Party Cases

THIRD PARTY REMEDY The employee and employer each have an independent cause of action for damages against a negligent third party. Lab. Code § 3852 ; Buell v. CBS, Inc . (1982) 136 Cal. App. 3d 823, 825, 186 Cal. Rptr. 455 . The employee may simultaneously proceed against the third party for...

NY: Divided High Court Awards Carrier Full Credit to Settlement Proceeds Where Worker Was Assaulted, Raped & Kidnapped

A workers' compensation carrier, who paid benefits to an aide at a juvenile detention center who was physically assaulted, raped, and kidnapped by a coworker, is entitled to take a dollar-for-dollar credit against future workers’ compensation benefits owed where the aide settled a federal civil...

Massachusetts: Employer’s Subrogation Rights Do Not Extend to Worker’s Pain and Suffering Recovery

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts held that while an employer is entitled to a lien on an employee’s recovery from a third party for work-related injuries under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 152, § 15, the lien does not attach to damages paid by a third party for an employee’s pain and...