City pays out $118,000 in seven workers compensation cases | Paterson Times

City pays out $118,000 in seven workers compensation cases


City officials settled seven workers compensation claims earlier in the week paying out a total of $117,820 to four firefighters, an emergency medical technician, a police officer, and a library employee.

The largest settlement was reached in the case involving Michael Gallo, a city firefighter. Gallo injured his left shoulder while getting on to a fire apparatus on January 21st, 2013, according to city records. Gallo’s workers compensation case was settled for $32,811.

Matthew Zaccone, firefighter, who sustained injuries to his right shoulder and arm as he pulled out a wooded up window. The incident took place on December 20th, 2011. Zaccone’s claim was settled for $20,147.

William Filippelli, a firefighter, suffered pulmonary and hearing loss after 26 years of duty. Filippelli’s claim was settled for $7,500.

Patrick Kenney, another firefighter, suffered burns to his legs while fighting a fire on July 25th, 2014. Kenney’s claim was settled for $11,907. Another employee of the city’s fire department also filed a claim after suffering injuries while on duty.

Ruth Hillas, an emergency medical technical, injured her left foot during a rig check on November 16th, 2009. Hillas’ claim was settled for $8,292.

Charles Cobb, a city cop, sustained injuries to his right arm on February 22nd, 2013, while arresting a suspect. Cobb’s claim was settled for $20,963.

Jacques McDaniel, a library employee, injured his back while lifting a gate in the parking lot of a library.  McDaniel’s claim was settled for $16,200.

The city’s governing body approved the settlements during a special meeting on Tuesday without any public discussion.