Nationwide Must Cover Worker's Lift Accident

Law360 (August 13, 2019, 11:00 PM EDT) -- A unit of Nationwide Insurance must cover an accident that crushed a Long Island Rail Road contract worker’s hand, a New Jersey federal judge ruled Tuesday, finding that an exception for so-called cherry pickers in a liability insurance policy didn’t apply to the vehicle involved.

The court held that the scissor lift truck involved in the 2013 accident in Queens, New York, was not a “similar vehicle” to a cherry picker and also rejected Harleysville Preferred Insurance Co.’s argument that contractor Rukh Enterprises and subcontractor East Coast Painting and Maintenance didn’t report the accident to the insurer and thus weren’t eligible...

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