An appellate court in New Jersey claimed that a firefighter could not show that his employer and an employee were liable for damage to the damage he caused after a prank.
In Johns v. Wengerter a three-judge panel of the Appellate Department in New Jersey, the Appellate Division of Jersey City unanimously held on Monday that the employee's compensation was the only solution to his injuries.
On November 27, 2015, the firefighters used the toilet in men's bathroom when he heard and felt an explosion. He maintained other degrees of burns on his genitals. An investigation revealed that a fireman had placed a bag of "bang snaps" or small fireworks without a fuse that detonates when compressed on the toilet, although the post later says he denied the charge.
The injured firefighter sought treatment at a medical facility and was placed off-duty. He returned to work two weeks later, and the city paid all his medical expenses. He did not submit a compensation for the employee's compensation and the employee was suspended for the incident.
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A trial court dismissed the firefighter's complaint with prejudice that he claimed that his claims were excluded by the law and that his co-workers did not have a "subjective desire" to harm anyone with the prank. The fire brigade appealed, but the appeal court confirmed the decision.
The Appellate Court argued that WCA's exclusive provisions apply when an employee is harmed by an employee, unless there is "deliberate error". The Court concluded that the legislative intention of the act was to find that damage caused by "horseplay" can be interpreted "to have arisen out of and during employment" and therefore compensated by law.
The location of firecrackers on the men's room toilet fell within the framework of co-workers horseplay "intended to boast, but not hurt" the employee, the court said despite the unfortunate result in the present case and noted that the documents took place at the workplace and while they were on duty .
The court also disagreed with the injured fireman's claim that his employee's actions were intentional. The record showed that bangsnoppa had been used regularly in fire houses and that there was no evidence that the employee had "intentional intention" to damage the firefighter.
Lawyers in the case did not immediately return requests.