When you have been hurt on the job, you have the right to seek benefits under workers' compensation laws. It's important to understand, though, that the workers' compensation laws only apply to injuries caused by the negligence or your employer or a co-employee. If you are injured by the wrongful acts of a third party, you can file a lawsuit in court to recover damages and you won't be limited or restricted by your workers' compensation recovery.
A NJ state trooper is credited with saving the life of a worker who was injured at a construction site along the Garden State Parkway. Trooper Mike Kleissler was called to the site in Brick after a worker was injured while cutting concrete pipe for drainage and the diamond saw he was using kicked out of the pipe and reflected back to his body. Trooper Kleissler arrived on the scene to find Ryan Jenkins, 31, with a gash in his check that went all the way to the bone. Kleissler quickly responded by using a packet of Combat Gauze that clots blood quickly and stops bleeding. Jenkins was rushed to the Jersey Shore Medical Center, where he still is recovering from injuries.