Awards & Settlements
Death Benefits Awarded to Widow of Construction Worker Crushed by a Crane: Expected Life Payout in the Amount of $1.1 Million
Our client, a mechanic and truck driver for a construction company, suffered fatal injuries while using a truck-mounted crane to load equipment onto a truck. His claim was initially denied and we filed a Fatal Claim Petition on behalf of his wife. During litigation before the workers’ compensation judge, we were able to convince the work comp insurer and its lawyer that their positon was not tenable and an agreement to pay compensation for death was approved by the Judge. The surviving widow continues to receive those benefits to this day.
Herniated Disc Results in $250,000 Settlement for Steel Worker
A steelworker who sustained a herniated cervical disc in his neck as a result of his strenuous work has won a workers’ compensation settlement of $250,000. The injury required two cervical spine fusion surgeries, and left the man unable to return to his job as a steelworker. His attorneys at the law firm of Liever, Hyman & Potter also attained for their client a settlement of $24,000 for the two small scars that were the result of the surgeries.
Cumulative Trauma Hand Injury Results in $240,000 Settlement
Our client, a traffic clerk in a warehouse, suffered from bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of the cumulative trauma associated with the repetitive sorting of product tickets during years of working for her employer. Her case involved multiple attempts by the work comp insurance company to reduce or terminate her benefits. However, on behalf of our client, we successfully challenged each such attempt by the work comp carrier to cut her benefits or to permanently stop her benefits. Our efforts ultimately resulted in obtaining a settlement of $240,000 for our client.
Fractured Knee Cap Results in $240,000 Workers’ Compensation Settlement for a Gas Industry Worker
The lawyers at Liever, Hyman & Potter, P.C., obtained a $240,000 settlement for their client, a gas field pump worker and truck driver on a fracking crew, who sustained a fractured knee cap on-the-job as a result of falling off of his pumping equipment.
Success in Complex Litigation Results in $185,000 Paid to Battery Plant Laborer
Our Client, a 27 year employee of his company, came to us for assistance when his employer stopped making work available to him after he was injured on-the-job, but refused to pay him workers’ compensation wage loss benefits. We filed a petition to reinstate our client’s benefits along with a petition to correct the description of his injury to include a TFCC tear of his wrist. The Defendant opposed our petitions and filed its own petition seeking to terminate our client’s work comp benefits. The petitions we filed on behalf of our client were granted and the Employer’s termination petition was denied resulting in our client receiving back pay in the amount of $30,000. Our success at litigation also permitted our client to obtain appropriate and necessary medical care for his injured wrist. Our success in the litigation further enabled us to eventually obtain a settlement for our client in the amount of $155,000 once he had recovered from his injury. Our client’s total recovery was in the amount of $185,000.
$170,000 Work Comp Settlement for Shoulder Injury
Our client, a tractor-trailer driver, had been working for his company for 20 years when he sustained a torn rotator cuff as a result of a fall he took while unloading a truck. Because our client was unable to return to his job as a truck driver, the workers’ compensation insurance carrier filed a petition against our client seeking to suspend his benefits alleging that he had retired from the work force and also sought to modify his benefits alleging that work was generally available to him within his restrictions. In opposition to the vocational and medical experts hired by the work comp carrier we presented the testimony of Claimant’s treating doctor as a result of which we obtained a settlement for our client in the amount of $170,000.
Lifting Injury Results in $165,000 Work Comp Settlement
A worker at a feed mill injured his lower back while lifting an 80-pound bag of salt. Bulging discs prevented him from returning to heavy labor. We won a workers’ compensation settlement of $165,000.
$155,000 Settlement for Welder Who Suffered Low Back Injury
A welder for a steel company injured his low back while bending over to perform welding work. His low back pain prevented him from returning to his job. We obtained a work comp settlement of $155,000, which permitted our client to move on with his life.
$150,000 Settlement for Fractured Leg
Our client, a senior citizen and packer at a production facility, had been working for her company for 40 years when she sustained a fractured leg. Because our client was unable to return to her job as a packer, the work comp insurance company filed a petition against our client seeking to significantly reduce her benefits alleging that she could still work in the workforce within her restrictions. We are able to prevent the Defendant from reducing our client’s benefits during the pendency of the litigation as a result of which we obtained a settlement for our client in the amount of $150,000.
$150,000 Settlement for Shoulder Injury
Our client, a worker at a mail sorting facility injured his shoulder while loading a skid. Continued shoulder pain prevented him from returning to work on this production line. We won a workers’ compensation settlement of $150,000.
Suspension of Truck Driver’s Workers’ Compensation Benefits Prevented Resulting in $135,000 Settlement
As a result of a work injury, our client suffered a traction injury to his brachial plexus and a partial rotator cuff tear. The workers’ compensation insurance carrier for the Defendant-Employer commenced litigation against our client and hired a medical expert in an attempt to cut off his work comp wage loss benefits. In opposition to the Defendant’s evidence, we presented the testimony of the employee’s treating orthopaedic surgeon and successfully defeated Defendant’s attempt to stop our client’s work comp indemnity benefits. By doing so, we were able to obtain a settlement for our client in the amount of $135,000.
$120,000 Settlement for Blind Worker Who Suffered a Neck Injury
Our client was legally blind almost from birth. His employer was able to accommodate his blindness and have him work until he suffered a neck injury that required surgery. In an effort to modify or suspend the workers’ compensation benefits being paid to him, a labor market survey was performed in which the defendant-insurance company alleged that the client was able to work various positions, such as security guard watching TV monitors or as a hotel clerk. We defended the petition on the basis that his legal blindness had to be taken into consideration to determine what his “residual earning capacity” was at the time. Although the workers’ compensation Judge found against the client, we appealed the matter and, because of the strength of our case, the claim settled for $120,000. The settlement was fashioned in such a way that it maximized social security disability benefits.
Reduction of Injured Worker’s Benefits was Prevented Resulting in $118,000 Settlement
As a result of a work injury, our client suffered a low back injury in the nature of a an annular tear of a lumbar disc; however, he did not require surgery. The Defendant workers’ compensation insurance carrier commenced litigation against our client and hired a vocational expert in an attempt to reduce his disability benefits by proving that work was generally available to him within his restrictions. We hired our own vocational expert in opposition to the modification petition as a result of which we obtained a settlement for our client in the amount of $118,000.
Proof that Latex Allergy is Work-Related Results in $100,000 Settlement for Injured Worker
A nurse at a local hospital developed breathing problems as a result of being exposed to latex. Her claim was initially denied, but through medical testimony we were able to establish that she was suffering from a latex allergy as a result of her employment. She returned to work with subsequent employers but would suffer reoccurrences with each exposure. Claims were pursued until, through litigation, a lump sum payment of $100,000 was made to her.
Death Benefits Awarded for Work-Related Heart Attack
Volunteer firemen are considered employees of the municipality they serve. Following the placement of snow chains on the fire trucks of the borough’s fire company, the volunteer fireman suffered a fatal heart attack. Through our retention of a medical expert and the providing of his testimony, the workers’ compensation Judge awarded death benefits to the surviving widow. She continues to receive those benefits to this day.