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Here are just a few examples of Worker’s Compensation cases we have successfully handled for our clients:
“Arturo” was a laborer who sustained a severe spine injury when an “A Frame” fell on him. The insurance company refused to provide him with much of what he needed to live a normal life. After several years of litigation and negotiation, the case settled in 2007 for more than 1.6 million dollars (specifically $1,606,165.00).
“Jim” was a driver/loader for United Parcel Services (UPS). While loading a truck, he struck his toe. What was first thought to be a minor injury developed into a severe nerve condition that eventually affected his spine and arms. After several years of hard fought litigation, the insurance company settled for almost 1.2 million dollars (specifically $1,118,000.00).
“Michael” was a Hollywood make-up artist. Over the years he was exposed to chemicals contained in make-up and “special effects” smoke on movie sets. He developed “toxic exposure” symptoms. “Michael” came to us more than five (5) years after his injury date and, as a result, the insurance company denied the case based upon “statute of limitations”. After much litigation, the case went to trial and the Judge found the injury to be compensable. The insurance company conceded defeat and awarded Michael permanent disability of $133,285.00 plus lifetime medical care for his injuries.
“Tom” was a Local 229 Ironworker (San Diego). Due to years in the trade, he sustained “cumulative trauma” injuries to his spine and shoulder. The attorney that Tom initially hired advised him that the case was not worth pursuing, and told Tom to settle for $1,500.00. The attorney even gave Tom settlement papers (for the $1,500.00) and insisted that Tom to sign them. Thereafter, Tom contacted Craig W. Morrison, Esq. and asked whether or not the settlement was acceptable. Mr. Morrison told Tom not to sign the papers and took over the case. It eventually settled for $150,000.00 (exactly one hundred times more than Tom’s prior attorney had told him the case was worth).
“Juan” was a Local 433 Ironworker (Los Angeles). Due to years in the trade, he sustained “cumulative trauma” injuries to his spine, knees and shoulders. The insurance company denied the case. Before trial, the insurance company offered $75,000.00 to settle (as part of the settlement, the insurance company demanded that Juan give up his right to future medical care). The trial Judge awarded Juan one hundred percent (100%) disability and lifetime medical care for his injuries. As a result, Juan will receive approximately $24,000.00 per year for the rest of his life (equaling almost $450,000.00 over his life expectancy along with full medical care for his injuries).
“Red” was a Local 377 Ironworker who suffered a stroke while climbing a ladder on the Carquinez Bridge during the retrofit project. The insurance company denied the claim and refused to provide benefits of any kind. Although the insurance company initially offered only $50,000.00 to settle, the case settled for $320,000.00 just before trial.
“Bill” was a Local 377 Ironworker for many years. Over this time, he suffered several small injuries as well as cumulative trauma to various body parts. The case settled in 2007 for $208,254.75.
“Gonzalez” was a laborer working in the Sacramento area. He injured his spine while lifting, and also suffered depression. After many years in litigation, the matter went to trial at the Sacramento Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board. Although the insurance company demanded that Gonzalez give up his right to future medical care- and offered a total settlement of only $90,000.00, we absolutely refused to do so since Gonzalez had no other insurance. The Judge awarded him 100% disability despite his young age. As a result, Gonzalez will receive almost $22,500 per year for the rest of his life (equaling more than $600,000 over his life expectancy) along with full medical care for his injuries.
Disclaimer: The above results are for your information only. Because every case is different, there is no guarantee of any specific monetary recovery or trial result.
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