$290,000.00 - Flooring installer required hip replacement. Lump sum wage differential settlement with additional sum for Medicare Set-Aside account.
A union Concrete finisher injured his low back and underwent surgical repair. Despite some relief from his physical symptoms, the man was not able to return to work, and continued to receive treatment for a number of years. He received a lump sum settlement of $250,000.00 and an additional sum for a Medicare Set-Aside account to cover future treatment related to his work injury. When the employee contacted Wittenberg, Dougherty & Maglione, Ltd., the Workers’ Compensation carrier was denying responsibility for any work-related injury.
A United Parcel Service truck driver injured his neck due to the repetitive trauma of his job as an over-the-road truck driver. He had previously injured his neck at work, undergone two surgical procedures, and settled that claim in 2004 for approximately $75,000.00. United Parcel Service accepted responsibility for the new complaints, and the driver underwent two additional fusion surgeries to his neck. He accepted a settlement of $245,000.00, the present cash value of permanent disability benefits, and an additional sum for future treatment related to his Workers’ Compensation injury.
$222,955.00 - Bander operator with right wrist carpal tunnel and left shoulder injury. Present cash value settlement with Social Security Disability Benefits.
$187,500.00 - Auto mechanic tore right arm rotator cuff becoming unable to perform mechanic work. Lump sum wage differential settlement.
$170,000.00 - Plus all related medical paid, including a disputed ankle strain. A package delivery person injured himself when he slipped climbing back into his truck during a winter storm. He hurt his knee and hip. The company denied work related injury. The arbitrator, in a pretrial, recommended the carrier accept liability. The employee had a knee replacement and hip replacement, and received a permanent 50 pound restriction. He could not return to that job. The parties settled for the present cash value of a wage difference based on the types of jobs where a vocational specialist was sending the employee to interview.
$160,000.00 - Pipefitter tore right arm rotator cuff becoming unable to perform pipefitting work. Lump sum wage differential settlement.
$150,000.00 - Ford Motor employee injured back requiring surgery. Lump sum settlement with Social Security Disability Benefits.
$150,000.00 - Truck driver tore right arm rotator cuff becoming unable to drive truck. Lump sum wage differential settlement.
$140,000.00 - Warehouse worker injured left knee crawling under conveyer belt. Meniscus tear with restricted return to work. Employer disputed causal connection after paying months of TTD. This case was tried as an emergency 19(b) hearing and was successful. The employer appealed and employee later accepted lump sum settlement and resignation.
$140,000.00 - Electrician with herniated disc and nerve impingement. Lump sum settlement.
$130,000.00 - Employee injured when struck by vehicle while working. Injury to arm, leg and hand. TTD paid for months and dispute arose over whether employee refused to return to work modified duty. Lump sum settlement with resignation.
$124,497.43 - Mechanic injured lifting engine block. Left and right shoulder impingement syndrome, low back syndrome. 40% loss of the person as a whole, 30% loss of use of the left arm and 25% loss of use of the right arm settlement.
$106,000.00 - 32 year old female public school teacher attacked by student. TMJ and psychiatric injuries. Lump sum settlement with Disability Benefits.
$104,921.70 - Ford Motor employee struck by forklift. Back and left arm injury with surgery. Lump sum settlement with Social Security Disability Benefits.
$100,000.00 - Part time UPS sorter with back injury. Social Security Disability benefits with additional amount for Medicare Set-Aside account.
$96,500.00 - Heavy equipment operator. Injured left shoulder requiring surgery. 66% loss of the person as a whole with Social Security Disability Benefits.
$95,400.00 - Truck driver Injured left shoulder requiring surgery. 65% loss of the person as a whole with Social Security Disability Benefits.
$82,500.00 - Carpet layer injured knees and unable to perform carpet laying work. Lump sum wage differential settlement.
$75,000.00 - Sales representative injured right arm requiring distal clavical resection. Disputed claim settled as wage difference and 65% loss of use of the arm.
A union contractor tripped and fell while installing a show at McCormick Place. He had surgery to his right knee and ongoing complaints of back pain. He retired with Union benefits and received a lump sum settlement of $70,000.00 and an additional sum for a Medicare set-aside account.
$68,808.77 - Plumber suffered herniated disc in back requiring surgery. 25% loss of the person as a whole plus reimbursement of group medical benefit payments in the amount of $28,817.87 and payment of outstanding medical bills of $14, 719.08.
$55,000.00 - Employee performed work as a key punch operator for several years. In late 1997 she noticed numbness and pain in both hands but neither reported this to her employer nor sought medical treatment for her complaints. A few months later she went on pregnancy leave. Following the birth of her child she returned to her old job and within a few days noticed severe problems with both hands. This time she received medical treatment. She was diagnosed with bilateral De Quervaine's disease and over the next several years had multiple surgical procedures to each wrist and applied for and received Social Security Disability benefits. She attempted to return to work several times but never lasted more than a few days because of pain in her hands. Claimant's employer defended on the theory she failed to timely notify it of her injures and failed to properly identify the time of these injures. After prolonged settlement negotiations the claim was settled.
$55,000.00 - Cook County electrician. Herniated lumbar disc with no surgery. 27.71% loss of the person as a whole settlement.
$45,278.00 - City of Chicago employee injured both knees using sledgehammer. 25% loss of use of each leg.
$45,000.00 - Factory worker developed carpal tunnel syndrome from repetitive trauma. 50.63% loss of the person as a whole and 80% loss of use of the right arm settlement with Social Security Disability Benefits.
$40,084.94 - Laboratory technician developed bilateral carpal tunnel from repetitive trauma. 17.5% loss of the right hand and 25% loss of the left hand.
$40,000.00 - Factory worker with wrist strain. Lump sum settlement with resignation payment.
$39,821.40 - Forklift operator developed bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome in his hands from repetitive trauma. Case was settled on a disputed basis for 21.22% of each hand and 10 weeks of TTD benefits.
$38,222.98 - Mechanic injured left elbow requiring cubital tunnel release. 30% loss of the use of the left arm.
$29,046.55 - Electrician with fractured left 2nd and 3rd metatarsals. 33% loss of the left foot.
$27,682.05 - Utilities system operator developed bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome. 15% loss of the right hand and 15% loss of the left hand.
$27,392.42 - SBC Ameritech employee suffered partial tear of supraspinatus, left arm. 27.5% loss of use of the left arm.
$25,000.00 - Camera operator was involved in a motor vehicle accident when she was struck under the lower lid of her left eye by a tripod, breaking her glasses. There was swelling under the eye and the eye was visibly reddened but there was no immediate or serious loss of vision noted when she was seen a few days after the incident by an ophthalmologist. Approximately six months later, she began to notice some additional symptoms in her eye. She was seen and an angiography showed a small chorodial neovascular membrane located nasal to the central macula. She subsequently had laser treatment and follow-up angiographer showed the neovascular process was adequately treated. She ultimately ended up with vision of 20/30 in the left eye.
Her medical experts, Morton F. Goldberg, M.D., Head, Department of Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins University and Kirk H. Packo, M.D., Head, Department of Ophthalmology, Rush Medical Center, opined that her history of significant blunt trauma around the eye could be a causative factor in the development of the neovascularization. Although no chorodial rupture was noted, there could have been micro-ruptures within the Bruch’s membrane tissue beneath the retina that ultimately led to the neovascular process. The highly disputed case was settled for $25,000.00.
$25,000.00 - Herniated lumbar discs from electric shock first week on the job. 30.32% loss of the person as a whole settlement.
$16,880.53 - UPS worker with elbow spur and knee strain. 15% loss of use of the right arm and .5% loss of use of the left knee settlement.
$15,000.00 - UPS worker with operated left carpal tunnel syndrome. 20% loss of use of the left hand settlement.
$10,000.00 - Sales manager suffered hearing loss during airplane descent. 42.95% loss of hearing in the left ear.