Workers compensation claims can run into millions of dollars. Workers injured on the job are entitled to compensation under the workers compensation law. In a claim for workers compensation, the issue of who is at fault does not arise.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
An employee who suffered from post traumatic stress disorder was $170,000 in workers compensation. The employee who worked for a company based in Missouri was posted to New York immediately after September 11, 2001 to counsel victims. The employee worked as an employee assistance counselor for the employer. While in New York, the employee developed post traumatic stress disorder and he was asked to return to Missouri. His conditions continued to deteriorate and he was unable to work. He settled his case against the company for a permanent partial disability award. He took Second Injury Fund, the workers compensation carrier to court. He was found to suffer from permanent total disability due to the combination of pre-existing medical problems and the post traumatic stress disorder he sustained while working for the company.
A 37 year old construction worker from Brevard County, Florida was injured when he fell from some scaffolding while on the job. This happened in 2003. The construction worker is now a complete quadriplegic and is paralyzed as a result of the accident. The injured worker sued for compensation and was awarded $337,000 pain and suffering, $18,600 past medical expenses, $37,125 past lost wages and $174,460 future lost wages. The employer went in appeal but the verdict survived the appeal.
Bill Hardcastle worked with his employer Johns Manville Corporation since 1959. From 1959 to 1974 he worked in the production of asbestos containing pipes. Due to health reasons he was then transferred to the plastic pipes operations with was separated from the asbestos containing pipes by partial walls. He contracted a rare cancer. He claimed that the cancer was caused because of the exposure to asbestos while at work. His employer Johns Manville Corporation subsequently became J M A/C Pipe Corporation. He sued his employer for compensation and was awarded $10,000,000 as compensatory damages and $500,000 as punitive damages.
Getting Legal Help
Employees injured on the job are eligible for compensation. An experienced workers compensation attorney can assist you get the compensation you deserve. Many times the employers and their insurance carrier will deny your workers compensation claims. In such cases, a workers compensation attorney can sue the employer and the insurance carrier to get you the compensation you rightly deserve.