category: Workers' Compensation
$300,000 Workers' Compensation Settlement
$300,000 Workers’ Compensation Settlement Permanent Disability. A 58-year-old man injured his back, neck, tailbone, knees, groin, shoulders, arms, hands, fingers from work. His neck injuries required a microdiscectomy at C5-C6 and C6-C7; C5-C6 and C6-C7 anterior cervical fusions with Synthes allograft and Synthes plating; Intego DBM; microdissection technique; intraoperative fluoroscopy; intraoperative EMG, SSEP, and laryngeal nerve monitoring. He developed severe shoulder pain and had to undergo physical therapy and work hardening for the shoulder. His back and groin pain in his left-sided SI joint was treated with physical therapy and injections. He had a full-thickness tear of the left supraspinatus muscle and tendon as detected via MRI. An ultrasound was done which showed a partial thickness tear and a partial long thoracic nerve injury. His tendon and long thoracic nerve injury with scapular winging were treated with physical therapy and injections.
He suffered bone and cartilage defects along the medial talar dome, instability, and degenerative arthritis of the left ankle which were treated with physical therapy and multiple injections, all of which failing to significantly reduce his pains. He had chronic pain syndrome, joint pains, right ulnar neuritis, right-sided back pain, SI joint dysfunction, left inguinal pain, hip bursitis, groin, and testicular pain, and all of which were treated with physical therapy, medications, and multiple SI joint injections by his physician. Our client also injured his upper back between both shoulder blades, left hand, right finger, small finger, and had right-hand numbness from bilateral repetitive injuries. These injuries were treated with right open carpal tunnel release and cubital tunnel decompression with an anterior ulnar nerve transposition. The upper thoracic pain was treated by long-term chiropractic manipulations and myofascial releases.
He also suffered mental and emotional difficulties, and he was referred for a psychiatric evaluation by the employer, and later cleared by the employer’s doctor to work. He suffered permanent restrictions with his range of motion. The cases settled for $300,000.00, for permanent disability to the right hand, disability to the left hand, disability to the right arm, disability to the left arm, and loss of body as a whole. Efforts were required after the respondent terminated future medical care and yet our office secured additional medical treatment to the tune of $10,000.00 over nearly one year. Further legal evidence directed our client to seek long-term disability benefits which we were able to successfully secure for him.