Construction Accident- 275000

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.

Work-Related Hand/Arm Laceration- 310000

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.

Work-Related Traumatic Brain Injury- 400000

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.

Slip and Fall at Construction Site- 435000

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.

Traumatic Brain Injury- 450000

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.

Pedestrian Car Accident- 500000

Pedestrian was crossing street in crosswalk when hit by car. Elderly driver never applied brakes. Force of the impact hurled pedestrian onto the front lawn of a nearby house. Pedestrian suffered multiple life-threatening injuries including concussion, closed head trauma with laceration requiring staples, T3 vertebral body fracture, L4 bilaterally and L5 left transverse process fractures, T4 rib head fracture, right superior and left inferior pubic ramus, highly comminuted and displaced proximal left femur fracture, right thigh 30-40 cm laceration, fracture to the left and right sacrum with right S1 joint diastasis, left thigh hematoma, comminuted displaced fractures of the distal right tibia and fibula diaphysis extending into the second carpometacarpal joint and left heel laceration. Police investigated the accident, took extensive photographs and measurements and determined that the elderly driver was negligent and fully at fault. Pedestrian settled her bodily injury claim and underinsured motorist benefits claim for full policy limits of $500,000 combined for both claims.

Industrial Band Saw Accident- 550000

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.

Slip and Fall at Construction Site- 656000

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.

Trip and Fall at Work- 800000

Employee was caused to trip and fall at work on construction site. While walking across demolished floor of building being renovated, employee was caused to trip on a wire loop that was protruding from the demolished concrete floor. Employee was caused to fall forward landing on his knees. Employee sustained multiple injuries including a right patella fracture and neck injury. Eventually, Employee right patellofemoral replacement surgery. MRI of the cervical spine confirmed foraminal narrowing of C5-6 and C6-7 with possible compression of the C6 and C7 nerve roots. Employee filed a lawsuit to pursue third-party personal injury claims against the general contractor, demolition subcontractor and site subcontractor for the construction site where his accident occurred. The workers’ comp claim settled for $350,000 with liability accepted for future medical treatment. The third-party claim settled at mediation with all defendants for $450,000. In addition to the workers’ comp and third-party claims, Employee successfully filed for SSDI benefits.

Construction site accident- 1500000

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.