On May 17, sixteen workers returning from their temporary jobs at J&J Snack Foods Inc. in Bellmawr, NJ, were hospitalized after a private bus crashed on an I-95 exit ramp. The riders were to be dropped off in Kensington, PA.
According to this article in The Philadelphia Inquirer, the driver did not have the proper license to operate a vehicle that uses air brakes.
One of the injured workers is still in critical condition with head injuries.
The bus is owned by Del Val Staffing L.L.C., one of several staffing companies that provides temporary help to J&J, the Pennsauken-based manufacturer of pretzels, funnel-cake mix, churros, cookies, Icees, and Daddy Ray’s fruit bars.
The article said that it appears that a brake malfunction caused the auto collision in Pennsylvania. The bus had air brakes, which operate with a compressor that builds up air. The compressor malfunctioned and the driver apparently drove from New Jersey to Kensington with no air built up for braking.
The victims would be well advised to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can carefully examine the incident to identify any negligence or wrongdoing. An experienced attorney would also look into a “third party claim.” These are claims that are filed against parties that are not the worker’s employer. Although the workers are the employees of the temporary agency, the client may have some liability as a co-employer.
Any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of their employment has a potential Philly workers’ compensation claim. The injury can occur while traveling on business, doing a work-related errand, attending a required business-related social function, or even while on a break or using restroom facilities and you are still legally covered by workers compensation.
Whether your injury was a simple slip and fall, or involves serious injuries, Cherry, Fieger, & Marciano can help you. These dedicated Pennsylvania workers’ comp lawyers will do everything possible to get the monetary compensation that is owed to you to help pay medical bills, physical therapy, loss of work and more.