On Oct. 1 of last year, two Town of Amherst workers were taking down a banner above Main Street in Williamsville. They were standing on the platform of an elevated platform truck on that ordinary Monday morning when the top of a semi-trailer struck the boom and both men were ejected and flung to the pavement 20 feet below.
Four prominent workers' compensation insurance companies settled a lawsuit brought against them by the State of New York. The State alleged that the insurance companies Zurich Financial Services, Ace Ltd., Pennsylvania Manufacturers and CNA charged excess workers' comp surcharges.
For most people, $1,141,734 seems like an unimaginable amount of money. Unfortunately, construction worker Jose Rivera didn't win the lottery - far from it, in fact.