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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Injured North Providence school custodian wins workers’ comp lawsuit against town

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A North Providence school custodian recently won a workers’ compensation lawsuit against the town.

Joseph J. Adamczyk, who worked at Wayland Elementary School, in North Providence, injured his right shoulder on Aug. 21, 2013 while lifting a chest-high recycling bin filled with old books and being hit by the bin, court documents read. By mid-November of that year, he could no longer work.

Prior to that, he earned an average weekly paycheck of $683.26.

A physician later determined Adamczyk had an anterior/inferior labral tear. He had surgery for the injury in September 2014.

Judge Dianne M. Connor ruled on Dec. 12 that the town pay Adamczyk workers’ compensation benefits — partially disabled for some months and fully for other months –from November 2013 and continuing.

The judge also ordered the town reimburse the Rhode Island Temporary Disability Insurance Fund; pay Adamczyk for his medical treatment, rehabilitation costs, wages he may have earned from another employer while he was injured, and various court costs.
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