Posted On: May 21, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

High School Janitor Seeks Over $800,000 from Two Students for Work Injuries

A Bellevelle West High School janitor is suing two students for the Illinois personal injuries he sustained while on the job. Keith Muskopf is seeking over 800,000 from the two minors, whose horseplay he claims caused his arm, shoulder, back, and neck. Muskopf contends that on May 7, 2008, Philsamrae Escaesenas and Ehhsan Hamden slammed an athletic storage door into his shoulder while running out of the school’s locker room.

As a result of the work accident, Muskopf says that he suffered mental anguish and physical pain, lost his normal life, and incurred medical costs. His wife Paula is seeking compensation for the loss of her husband’s affections, services, companionship, society, and consortium. She claims that his injuries have prevented her from seeing to her usual activities and business. Also named as defendants in the Illinois personal injury lawsuit are the teenagers parents, Marites and Rodolpho Escaesena and Nasser and Nadia Hamden.

Janitor Injuries
According to the Occupation Safety and Health Administration, in 2007 262 out of 10,000 full-time janitors were injured in work accidents. This figure is two times the average injury rate (122 out of 10,000) for all private worker industries. Common janitor injuries include repetitive stress injuries, shoulder injuries, chemical exposure, back problems, and electrocution accidents. Many janitors work odd hours, which can lead to stress, fatigue, and loneliness.

Work Injuries
Injured workers can sue parties that are not employers for Chicago personal injury. Meantime, their employer should provide them with Illinois workers’ compensation benefits.

School janitor claims student horseplay causes $800k in injuries, The Record, May 19, 2010


Related Web Resources:
Janitors and Custodians, AHealthyMe

Occupation Safety and Health Administration

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