Practice Area: Workers compensation
Outcome: Settlement of $900,000. (Final Stipulation)
Description: $900,000 Settlement - Workers’ Compensation Cervical Cord Syndrome; Traumatic Brain Injury; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Depression; Impotence; Diabetes Our Client, a 55 year old male, was injured at work when a rack collapsed and he was struck by a 600lb spool of wire. As a result of the trauma, he sustained a brain injury, as well as a number of bulging discs in his neck and a 4” laceration on his forehead. He was rushed to the hospital where he was diagnosed with cervical cord syndrome, developing swelling throughout his cervical spine, and initially resulting in partial paralysis. To reduce swelling he was treated with high doses of steroids which triggered a diabetic reaction. As a result of these injuries, he suffered from permanent weakness in his arms and legs and difficulty walking, memory loss and cognitive functioning deficits. Client also developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, diabetes and impotence as a direct result of his neck injury. Our office commissioned a full battery of functional, vocational, and neuropsychological testing. A vocational expert was hired to prepare a Life Care Plan detailing expected future care and treatment. Based on extensive evaluation and treatment, our client was determined to be permanently and totally disabled. He was also assisted in obtaining full social security disability benefits. Medical benefits alone amounted to over $270,000. A full and final settlement in the amount of $900,000.00 was ultimately negotiated by Attorney Eric Polinsky.