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Bakery Says Bread Delivery Driver Is Not Entitled To Workers' Comp After Being Injured In Carjacking

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A bread delivery man faces thousands of dollars in hospital bills after getting carjacked while on the job, but the bakery is claiming he's not entitled to workers' comp; CBS2's Cindy Hsu reports.

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- A bread delivery man faces thousands of dollars in hospital bills after getting carjacked on the job.

MAURICE DUBOIS: But the bakery is claiming he is not entitled to workers' comp. CBS2's Cindy Hsu reports.

CINDY HSU: Said Ibrahim is still struggling after multiple surgeries on his leg and hand, they were crushed in this crash back in March. While delivering bread to restaurants in Manhattan for GMPRO Bakery, Ibrahim left the van idling with his teenage son inside. Police say a man jumped in the van, punched the son in the head, and drove off. When Ibrahim tried to stop the suspect, grabbing onto a door handle, the vehicle backed up, breaking the man's leg and hand and crashed into a building. Ibrahim now has screws, plates, and wires in those areas, and is facing massive hospital bills.

RASHA YOUSSEF: I had only one bill came to my house. The hand for a $53,000.

CINDY HSU: And that's just for Ibrahim's hand surgery. We interviewed the owner of the bakery, Michael DellaPolla, the day of the accident.

MICHAEL DELLAPOLLA: My driver, I feel sorry for him because he's been with me a long time and now he's hurt in the hospital.

CINDY HSU: When Ibrahim tried to get worker's compensation to pay the bills, DellaPolla denied the driver worked for him. The owner would not go on camera, but told me he does not employ Said Ibrahim, and claims a whole different company delivers his bread. I asked why the delivery van had his company name on it. DellaPolla says that was a mistake and he had sold the van to another company. Ibrahim's lawyer, Richard Harris, says his client was paid in cash, and claims DellaPolla is taking advantage of the family.

RICHARD HARRIS: To be eligible for workers' compensation, the requirement is that you are an employee, and that you are injured while working.

CINDY HSU: Harris says DellaPolla offered the family $5,000 to settle. When they refused, he offered $10,000. But Harris says the family faces more than $100,000 in medical bills, and they'll head to trial next month. In Rego Park, Queens, Cindy Hsu, CBS2 News.