Court Cases 2011

Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Case Results 2011

The following are a few of the settlements and verdicts obtained on behalf of injured employees and car accident victims in 2011 by attorney James M. Hoffmann.

The $2 million recovered represents additional compensation recovered for clients and does not include millions paid directly to healthcare providers for medical treatment, wage loss (TTD) benefits paid directly to the employee, or the future value of a permanent total claim. Examples of 2011 settlements and verdicts include:

TOTAL $2,031,879.15

Car Accident Settlement for neck and back pain from MVA. One car accident. Client was a passenger. Deer ran in front of car. Insurance carrier initially denied claim but eventually accepted liability based upon allegation of negligence was that driver was operating vehicle too fast for conditions. Client had pain management care for a disc protrusion. Treatment included epidural steroid injections and MRI. No surgery. Insurance company eventually paid the policy limits.

Workers Compensation settlement for a warehouse worker who injured the right shoulder pulling on a pallet jack. Employer/Insurer initially provided physical therapy over a three week period and then refused further treatment. Experts were retained and deposed to establish causation and permanency. Client did not return to a physician until two years later. Client obtained surgery for right shoulder impingement, labral tear, and SLAP tear. Client eventually returned to work.

Workers compensation settlement for a maintenance worker who suffered an injury to the low back due to maintenance and construction work. Eventually, a disc replacement surgery was authorized. The L5 disc was replaced with an artificial device. Client returned to work.

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Workers Compensation trial award against Employer/Insurer and Second Injury Fund for permanent partial disability due to a denied knee injury. Employee suffered a medial meniscus tear requiring surgery. Employee was awarded medical bills, past TTD, and permanent partial disability against the employer. Employee’s claim against the Second Injury Fund was tried as well.

Car Accident policy limits settlement for a St. Louis car accident resulting in L5-S1 disc herniation. Surgery was recommended but never performed. Client received epidural steroid injections and chiropractic care.

Workers Compensation settlement for client that was a construction worker injured in a car accident while working for Employer. Cervical disc herniation was accepted. Employer paid for disc replacement surgery. Client returned to work but continued to suffer low back problems. Lumbar MRI revealed L4-5 and L5-S1 disc bulges with spondylolisthesis at L5-S1. Employer denied the low back injury as Employee had prior lumbar disc herniation for which surgery was recommended but never performed. The $409,000.00 includes a trial Award for the Second Injury Fund, under-insured motorist coverage, policy limits liability coverage, and settlement with workers’ compensation carrier. Subrogation claim by the workers’ compensation carrier was substantially reduced.

Policy limits settlement for wrongful death of a family member who died in a car accident. Insurance carrier initially alleged coverage reduction to a lesser amount due to the accident involving one vehicle only and family members.

Policy limits settlement for family member involved in car accident. Client suffered multiple fractures requiring extensive hospitalization and surgery. Client did not have health insurance and had large medical bills. Using Missouri Lien Law Statutes, client’s medical bills were substantially reduced and satisfied in full by distributing, pro-rata, amongst the healthcare providers.

Workers compensation settlement for a repetitive use injury to a bus driver’s elbow. Client was a Bi-State bus driver with elbow pain. Initially, client was diagnosed with epicondilitis. Surgery was required to remove bone spurs from client’s elbow. Employer/Insurer denied the case. Experts were retained and deposed to establish causation and permanency. Case settled immediately prior to trial.

Policy limits coverage for client injured in car accident. Client suffered a left femur fracture, left hand fracture, fractured ribs, and a broken jaw.

Workers compensation settlement for an Employee that suffered a medial meniscus tear while working for Employer. Settlement was for 30% permanent partial disability to knee.

Car Accident policy limits settlement for a rear-end collision. Client suffered loss of consciousness and back pain. $250,000.00 underinsured coverage claim pending.

Workers compensation St. Louis settlement for bilateral carpal tunnel. Employee’s carpal tunnel was caused by repetitive computer work for Employer.

Workers compensation settlement for public school teacher who injured left index finger tendon while restraining a student. No surgery was required. Finger healed with residual Boutonniere deformity.

Workers Compensation trial award against the Second Injury Fund for permanent partial disability. Pre-existing permanent partial disabilities included a low back injury, psychiatric stress, a left wrist fusion, left knee surgery and low back surgery. Employee is still working. Second Injury Fund paid trial award in full.

Car Accident settlement for a cervical and lumbar strain from multiple car collisions. Epidural steroid injections were performed.

Workers Compensation settlement for a roofer who suffered C5-6 disc herniation while carrying 50lbs of slate. A cervical fusion was performed for same. Employee has returned to work.

Car Accident policy limits settlement for a L5-S1 fusion surgery caused by a rear-end automobile collision. Client did not have health insurance or any means to pay for the medical bills. Physicians performed medical treatment on a lien basis. Client’s medical bills of $117,000.00 were paid in full, pursuant to the Missouri Lien Laws, using only $31,800.00 of client’s proceeds.

Car/Pedestrian Accident settlement for multiple abrasions and contusions. Client was intoxicated while walking along a sidewalk. Client attempted to cross the street and was struck by a vehicle.

Workers Compensation settlement for a denied repetitive use shoulder claim against an Employer. Insurance carrier denied the case alleging pre-existing shoulder complaints. Experts were retained and deposed to establish causation and permanency. Prior to trial, the case settled. .

Workers Compensation settlement for a permanent partial disability to a carpenter who alleged a knee injury. Claim was initially denied. Experts were retained and deposed to establish causation and permanency. Through hardship, Employer/Insurer accepted claim. Additional hardship hearings resulted in two additional surgeries for Employee’s meniscus tear. Hardship hearing also resulted in additional treatment for pain management.

Workers Compensation settlement for a denied rotator cuff injury claim. Employee worked in a warehouse. Employer/Insurer alleged a pre-existing degenerative condition. Experts were retained and deposed to establish causation and permanency.

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Updated: June 17, 2013