Recovered $123,296.00. The client suffered injuries to his knee and back while working as a stagehand at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
The injured employee was a grip/roadie who suffered injuries to his knee and back while working on a movie set while carrying heavy equipment up the stairs of a school being used as a movie set.
The injured employee asserted a strong demand for penalties and attorney’s fees, due to the fact that the workers compensation insurance company’s failure to issue payment for many months following Hurricane Katrina.
The injured employee treated with an orthopedic surgeon and a pain management specialist.
Even though the injured employee had not reached Maximum Medical Improvement and continued to require medical treatment, the employee chose to seek and eventually accept a lump sum settlement, because the employee did not want to undergo the back surgery which had been prescribed for him.
Nonetheless, the medical records in this matter all supported the basis that this employee’s injury was permanent and that the injury renders this employee incapable of returning to his previous employment as a surveyor.
Vocational rehabilitation was begun, and a Functional Capacity Evaluation performed, but fortunately, the claim settled before vocational rehabilitation was completed.
The injured employee received a total of $323,192 in compensation from the workers compensation insurance company, including a full and final settlement of $123,396.