November 2016 Workers’ Compensation Case Conclusions
Below are a sample of the cases that concluded (permanently or for now) at Warnken, LLC in November. You can see that lifting heavy objects at work is a dangerous activity. Lifting can produce very serious back and shoulder injuries, among others.
The cases below also highlight the need for the no-fault nature of the workers’ compensation system. Injuries happen. Often, the injury is not caused by the employer and is simply not a preventable injury. However, in order for people to be willing to put their bodies in harm’s way for their job, they must be assured that injuries will be taken care of by the employer. This means medical bills and compensation for the lasting injury. That’s where your workers’ compensation lawyer comes into the picture – making sure you get what we all need the system to provide: fair compensation for injury.
Please remember, every case is different. There are numerous factors that go into a personal injury or workers’ compensation case. Just because a case below, or any other case for that matter, have the same injury or a similar set of facts, does not necessarily mean the compensation will be the same or even similar. Every situation is unique.
The November 2016 Cases:
- Injury: Elbow lateral tendon degeneration and rupture
- Body Part: Elbow
- Amount: $30,000.00
- Claimant was injured after lifting heavy items. Claimant underwent surgical repair of the injury.
- Injury: Arm strain
- Body Part: Arm
- Amount: $6,192.00
- Claimant was injured after stacking heavy boxes. Claimant was released from care after a series of doctor visits.
- Injury: Lumbar sprain
- Body Part: Back
- Amount: $10,500.00
- Claimant was injured while cleaning at work. Claimant underwent physical therapy and was able to return to pre-injury employment.
- Injury: Concussion
- Body Part: Head
- Amount: Under $5,000.00
- Claimant was injured at work after being struck in the head by a door. Claimant had a follow up visit with his doctor and was able to return to pre-injury employment.
- Injury: Back
- Body Part: Multi-level lumbar disc issues
- Amount: $47,000.00
- Claimant was injured after tripping and falling at work. Claimant had multiple injections to the lumbar spine along with physical therapy. Claimant was unable to return to pre-injury employment.
- Injury: Head and face
- Body Part: Traumatic Brain Injury, facial fracture
- Amount: $100,000.00
- Claimant sustained a traumatic injury while working. Claimant sustained permanent traumatic brain injuries. Claimant was unable to return to pre-injury employment.
- Injury: Various
- Body Part: Various
- Amount: $75,000.00 new money (slightly more than $30,000 from prior workers’ comp PPD award)
- Claimant was injured after lifting heavy objects. Claimant went through vocational rehabilitation after receiving permanent work restrictions.
- Injury: Shoulder
- Body Part: Torn rotator cuff
- Amount: $150,000.00
- Claimant was injured after lifting heavy objects at work. Claimant underwent three surgeries to the shoulder. Claimant went through vocational rehabilitations due to permanent work restrictions.
- Body part: Shoulder/neck
- Amount: $15,000
- Injury: Worker was injured when he caught himself to prevent a fall from a roof. Treatment consisted of physical therapy. The employer contested the claim.
- Body part: Knee
- Amount: $11,000
- Injury: Injured worker was struck on the knee by a heavy object. Treatment consisted of physical therapy and pain medication.