The workers’ compensation attorneys at Lipkin & Apter were contacted by M.P., a 39 year old nursing home maintenance engineer, earning approximately $40,000 a year, who injured his back in 2008 lifting a bed at work. The Illinois nursing home where M.P. worked originally denied his claim, alleging he injured his back outside of work. Consequently, disability benefits were denied.

Following a spinal fusion, M.P. returned to work. Several weeks later, he reinjured his back at the nursing home and was forced to undergo another spinal fusion. This time, his employer paid for his medical treatment and Temporary Total Disability, as required by the Illinois Workers Compensation Act.

Approximately one year after his second surgery, M.P.’s pain continued to the point where his doctor advised against returning to regular full-duty work. Instead, he was told he could return to permanent light-duty work, something he was not interested in.

Lipkin & Apter negotiated a settlement of M.P.’s workman’s compensation claim that required his employer to pay for any future medical treatment he might need and a lump sum payment in the amount of $200,000.

M.P.’s plan was to go back to school, learn new job skills and obtain employment in a field where physical labor is not necessary. He is enthusiastic about prospects for his “new life,” and relieved that his back and leg pains have gone away.

The Chicago-based attorneys of Lipkin & Apter were able to find successful, positive resolution to the workers compensation dispute of M.P., and we look forward to meeting with you for a free consultation to determine if we may be able to do the same for you or someone you know.