A worker who is injured at work and who has received lost wage benefits may think he or she is all set — until Workers’ Compensation comes back to say they should be searching for work that they can do within their physical restrictions. This is what happened to a former Dunlop Tire employee who suffered injuries to his neck and shoulder and was faced with losing his lost wages benefits.
“As a practical matter, our client had very limited capability and it would have been difficult for him to demonstrate an adequate work search to keep his cash benefits,” said Jeffrey Freedman, managing attorney, Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC.
The attorney working on the case, John Federice, was able to convince Workers’ Comp to offer a reasonable settlement because of the severity of the claimant’s injuries. In March of this year, he received a settlement of $181,000, resolving all issues on his claim.
“Workers’ Compensation knew that we were going to fight to keep the client’s benefits going,” Freedman said. “The injury had happened in 2007, and they were facing making payments for the rest of his life, plus they realized the seriousness of his injuries prevented him from working at a job that would provide a sustainable living wage.”
Our client was very relieved that we obtained a $181,000 settlement for him.