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Injured Workers Can Bring Personal Injury Claims, 4th Cir. Rules

Nov. 23, 2022, 6:08 PM

A federal appeals court has found that three workers involved in a 2016 industrial accident at an Eastman Chemical Co. manufacturing facility in South Carolina were independent contractors and can bring state tort claims for their injuries.

A panel of three judges on the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed and remanded a lower district court’s decision dismissing the consolidated trio of state personal injury suits because the workers were considered employees under South Carolina’s workers’ compensation law and the court lacked jurisdiction over the issue.

The appellate panel disagreed that the workers were employees, citing a ...