Municipal officials settled 10 workers compensation claims on Tuesday evening approving $338,986 in payouts.
The largest settlement of $163,201 went to police officer Ramon Cruz, who allegedly sustained injuries to his pelvis and right knee following an October 30th, 2009 motor vehicle accident at the corner of Edmund and Crosby Avenues, according to city documents.
The second largest settlement of $33,864 also involved a city police officer. Andrew Gales, city police officer, sustained injuries from two different incidents. Gales allegedly sustained injuries to his back and right shoulder in a May 10th, 2012 motor vehicle accident on Main Street, according to city documents.
Similarly, on February 16th, 2013, Gales’ vehicle was struck by a car that allegedly left him with an injured head, left hip, left knee, and left shoulder, according to city records.
The other eight settlements are as follows:
• Police officer Stanley Cranford, who allegedly sustained injuries to his head and neck when a branch from a chipper struck him in the head on November 17th, 2011, had his claim settled for $29,814.
• Public works employee Jose Acevedo allegedly sustained injuries when a dump truck in which he was a passenger tilted on its right side and fell in Kearny on February 26th, 2013. Acevedo’s claim was settled for $28,380.
• Police officer William Niebanck allegedly injured his left knee and back when a police car in which he was a passenger was struck by another vehicle. The vehicle slammed into a parked car on 20th Avenue and East 22nd Street. Niebanck’s claim was settled for $27,882.
• City fire inspector Michael Poventud was allegedly injured in two incidents. He allegedly injured his left arm, back, neck, and left shoulder, when his vehicle was struck by another on Trenton Avenue and 21st Avenue on June 19th, 2012. Poventud again allegedly injured his right shoulder after being side-swiped by a vehicle on 23rd Avenue and Route 80 West on July 20th, 2012. Poventud’s claim was settled for $18,700.
• Police officer Cesar Heyaime was chasing a suspect on Ellison Street and Curtis Place on September 13th, 2013, when he allegedly injured his left leg and left knee. Heyaime’s claim was settled for $17,325.
• Public works employee Kelven Scott was lifting heavy bag to throw in a truck on East 34th Street when he allegedly injured his back on December 4th, 2012. Scott’s claim was settled for $9,720.
• Public works truck driver Clifton Blair allegedly injured himself during a September 9th, 2013 incident when he lifted a shelf that had collapsed on a co-worker allegedly sustaining injuries to his back and right shoulder. Blair’s claim was settled for $6,600.
• Firefighter George Thompson filed an “occupational claim” for a 1983-2011 pulmonary disability from exposure dated January 27th, 2011, according to city documents. Thompson’s claim was settled for $3,500.
City council members approved the settlements during a special meeting of the council on Tuesday evening without any public discussions.