Steel I-Beam fell from wood framing and fell on welder who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), thoracic spine compression fracture, fractured clavicle, fractured ribs and crushed foot/ankle. Following extensive litigation with the general contractor, subcontractors and suppliers to the job site, case settled at mediation.
Carpenter foreman slipped and fell on ice at construction site. Client injured his lower back and suffered a herniated disc at L4-5 with impingement requiring surgery. Settled workers’ comp claim for $200,000 and third-party claim against general contractor for $456,000.
Machinist working in metal stamping and metal forming factory suffered a horrific, lifechanging injury to his right dominant hand while operating an industrial band saw with an unguarded saw blade. Employee suffered traumatic lacerations, open fractures to all five fingers and partial amputation of the thumb. Employee developed a severe infection requiring the surgical amputation of his right thumb. Employee later underwent a surgical amputation of his index finger and surgical reattachment of the index finger in place of his thumb. Tragically, Employee was born with a birth defect to his left arm and hand. In addition to settling his workers’ compensation claim, Employee was awarded SSDI benefits.
Valet attendant at auto dealership fell from ladder and struck head on the ground. Suffered massive skull fracture and traumatic brain injury. Workers comp case settled prior to Hearing for employee’s claim for permanent and total disability benefits.
Specialty painter/plasterer slipped and fell on job site due to foreign substance/debris on the floor. As a result, client suffered a left ankle fracture and herniated lumbar disc. Client underwent an open reduction with internal fixation to repair the fractured ankle. Settled workers’ comp claim for $110,000 and third-party claim against the general contractor and subcontractors for $325,000.
Employee suffered work-related, single car accident in 1977. Employee suffered multiple fractures, traumatic brain injury and was in a coma. Employee had lengthy hospitalizations and
underwent extensive physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Employee was awarded permanent and total workers compensation benefits and received yearly COLA increases up through settlement.
Employee worked as a carpenter and commercial window installer. While removing an old window on a jobsite, the glass shattered causing a severe hand/arm laceration including nerve and tendon laceration. Employee later developed carpal tunnel syndrome and underwent multiple surgeries to his hand and arm.
Working foreman injured his right dominant shoulder while using a jackhammer. MRI confirmed partial-thickness rotator cuff tear. Employee underwent right shoulder arthroscopy to repair the rotator cuff tear. Post-surgery Employee continued to suffer severe, persistent pain in the right shoulder and right upper extremity. Employee’s chronic pain was diagnosed as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), a serious pain condition also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) and Causalgia. In addition to his physical injuries, Employee also developed anxiety and depression related to severe, constant pain caused by CRPS. Claim was settled at a mediation on a lump sum payment basis with liability accepted for payment of future medical treatment for the above physical and non-physical conditions.
Employee injured his lower back while lifting a heavy aluminum platform with co-workers. Previously, Employee injured his lower back and underwent back surgery while working for the same employer. Employee received conservative medical treatment for his second back injury. Employee’s medical expert opined that he suffered a permanent exacerbation of his prior underlying back condition and, as a result, was permanently and totally disabled from all work including light, sedentary work. Claim settled prior to a Hearing for permanent and total workers compensation benefits under MGL c. 152, §34A with liability accepted for disc bulges at L3-4 and L4-5, chronic low back pain, exacerbation of prior work-related low back injury status post- surgery.
Boilermaker fell from elevated height. Suffered left ankle fracture and back injury. Filed a lawsuit against the general contractor for failing to ensure that client was provided with fall protection. Third party claim settled at mediation for $250,000 with waiver of workers’ comp lien of $207,399.49.