Workers compensation cases can develop into a legal battle in which the employer tries to prove the employee does not deserve benefits. The personal injury lawyers at Chicago’s Lipkin & Apter have a significant background in representing complicated cases, such as the example below.
Can Construction Worker Collect Workers Compensation For Birth Defect Discovered During Surgery?
A 31 year old Illinois construction worker (cement finisher) suffered a stroke after climbing up and down a ladder multiple times on the job. He underwent three brain surgeries, during which it was found that he had been born with a congenital anomaly (an arteriovenous malformation, or AVM).
Strokes are generally considered non-work related, as are heart attacks, thought by the Courts to relate more to an individual’s underlying medical condition rather than brought about by work.
Successful Resolution: $250,000 & 2 years pay
We convinced the Court at trial, through the testimony of the client’s surgeon, that climbing up and down the ladder, and the frequent positional changes required by his job, altered the client’s blood pressure, and led to the stroke (in his case, bursting of a weakened artery).
Our client was awarded 50% permanent disability, two years of back pay, and $250,000 in medical bills. He was eventually able to return to work.
Contact the personal injury attorneys of Lipkin & Apter today to schedule a free consultation. We are available to discuss your workers compensation case in our office or over the phone.