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Employee limited to work comp as exclusive remedy for injuries

Zoran Saveski attempted to sue the Ford Motor Company, alleging that he suffered injury as a direct result of intentional misconduct by a supervisor.  Saveski , a toolmaker, was directed to assist with maintenance on a "Lamb" machine while the plant was shut down.  During maintenance, he was left holding a 100 pound component, causing a blown disc.  He maintained that the supervisor intentionally placed him in a position likely to cause injury.  The Court held that he had not pleaded sufficient facts to document an exception to the workers comp "exclusive remedy" provision applicable to injuries suffered at work.  In order to avoid that provision and sue his employer for negligence, Saveski would have needed to show that the supervisor actually intended his injury; it was not enough to show that an injury was "likely" or "probable".
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