Our client suffered a traumatic amputation to his left arm while operating a machine at a production facility on June 24, 2008.
His modest earnings at the time of the accident limited him to a very low weekly workers’ compensation rate. At the time of settlement, the claimant had received weekly benefits for 5 1/2 years, which represented almost 60% of the maximum period available to him. He had also received medical treatment costing $449,792.50, including both a manual prosthesis and a myoelectric i-LIMB utilizing the latest “bionic” technology. The settlement provides our client with the value of 100% of the remaining compensation benefits available under the Workers’ Compensation Act, full funding of a Medicare approved set-aside to cover his future medical needs, professional administration of his medical funds, and an additional $153,000.00. Our client had little formal education. He experienced significant difficulties coping with his injury and adjusting to life as an amputee. His low weekly workers’ compensation rate also caused significant financial distress. During the time Reinhardt Harper Davis, PLC represented him, multiple claims were successfully litigated over denials of treatment by the insurer, including payment for the psychiatric treatment and treatment for a rotator cuff tear to the right shoulder caused by “over use syndrome.” During his rehabilitation, our client reconciled with his estranged son and moved out of state to live with him following the settlement.