An airport baggage handler who sustained back injuries and was rendered unable to return to work in an accident involving baggage-hauling equipment was paid a $3.4 million settlement in her Essex County lawsuit, Borga v. Omni-Serv LLC, on April 2.

On Feb. 15, 2015, plaintiff Margaret Borga, then 55, was working as a “ramp agent” for United Airlines, responsible for helping move oversized bags to be hauled by “tugs” from a baggage room under the terminal to the planes, after which employees of Omni-Serv were responsible for returning the emptied tugs to the baggage room. While Borga was sitting in a tug waiting for luggage in the baggage room, Omni-Serv employee Mackenson Jean was driving a tug and attempted to pass Borga’s tug. A cart Jean was pulling then struck Borga’s tug, according to her lawyer, William Bock of Gill & Chamas in Woodbridge.

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