Workers’ Compensation and Injury Cases in August
Warnken, LLC completed five workers’ compensation cases in August. No two cases are ever the same, and getting good results in one case doesn’t mean it will be the same in another. This is true even if the injured body part is the exact same. But we do want to give you an idea of the value of workers’ compensation injury cases. This is a monthly series that includes cases for the month just concluded. You can look to the workers’ compensation category of our blog for more.
- Injury: Asthma and formalin exposure with mucous membrane, skin, and upper respiratory irritation
- Body Part: Lungs
- Amount: $40,000.00
- Claimant was injured when she was exposed to toxic chemicals while she was working in a science lab. As a result, her pre-existing asthma was exacerbated and she requires medication for the remainder of her life associated with her condition.
- Injury: Illioinguinal hernia
- Body Part: Groin and Back
- Amount: $108,000.00
- Claimant sustained an illioinguinal (sports) hernia as a result of lifting heavy furniture while at work. Claimant was unable to return to work due to this injury, and will require lifetime care. He was not a candidate for surgery due to the area in which he was injured.
- Injury: Peroneal Neuropathy
- Body Part: Left leg
- Amount: $6,500.00
- Claimant sustained an injury while sitting at his desk during a meeting. After the meeting, he lost feeling to his left leg, which lasted approximately six months.
- Injury: Allergic Reaction
- Body Part: Hands and Face
- Amount: $1,800.00
- As a result to chemical exposure at work, Claimant had an allergic reaction on her hands and face. Her condition improved once she was no longer exposed to the offending chemicals.
- Injury: Reflex sympathetic dystrophy and complex regional pain syndrome
- Body Part: Left foot and ankle
- Amount: $32,200.00
- Claimant was injured when she missed a step and tried to stop herself from falling. She sustained injuries to the foot, ankle and leg.
In addition to completing the comp cases listed above, Warnken, LLC took in 16 new cases on behalf on injured workers. A few of those cases were injuries to the neck from repetitive motion. Neck injury cases have a unique wrinkle in workers’ compensation. Often, neck injuries produce pain or loss of function to other parts of the body besides the neck. Is that a neck injury or an arm injury or a shoulder injury? The value of neck injury cases is different than shoulder injury cases.
In a perfect world, compensation would be based on fairness after examining the entire body and corresponding pain or loss of use. However, the workers’ compensation system has grown up over years as a series of compromises. Some represent the interests of injured workers’, some are looking out for the employer or insurer. This is true not just of lawyers, but of politicians as well.
Whatever the history, workers’ compensation compensates injured workers for permanent injuries sustained to specific body parts. More than one body part can be injured at a time, and some injuries are actually “whole body” injuries – the body part doesn’t correspond to a specific schedule.
Warnken, LLC concentrates in getting compensation for injured workers. If we can help you, please call now at 443-921-1100 or contact us here.