Workers Compensation: Joseph Stephens v. Beard's Erie Basin. 1928

In 1928, Joseph Stephens, an employee of Beard's Erie Basin, tripped on a winch handle, fell and hurt his arm.  The State Industrial Board awarded him compensation for the days he was unable to work. Beard and the Travelers Insurance Company contested this award, arguing that Stephens, who was on his way home, had not taken the most direct route out of the docks, but had looked in on fellow employees sawing wood and was thus solely responsible for his fall. Stephens claimed he was regularly making $25 per week. The State Board awarded him disability compensation for 9 1/3 weeks at $18.48 per week.



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  • Supreme Court, Appellate Division - Third Department
    The Claim of Joseph Stephens for Compensation under the Workmen's Compensation Law:State Industrial Board against Beard's Erie Basin, Inc., employer; The Travelers Insurance Company, insurance carrier.

    In the Supreme Court of the State of New York (accessed 2016)

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