Our worker's compensation attorneys represented a 39-year-old cable repairman who was working in a utility shack atop a 17-story Illinois apartment building. He fell through a trap door of a six-foot access shaft while attempting to retrieve a two-way company phone. The access shaft had guard rails/walls on all sides. There were no warning signs against entering the access shaft or stepping on the trap door, which our client thought was solid, concrete sub-floor. As a result, our client fell eight feet to the hallway stairs below, resulting in multiple fractures of his leg. Knee replacement surgery will be required in the future. In the end, our client was awarded $1.2 million for his injury case. He also received an additional $300,000 for his worker's compensation claim.
When this injured worker returned to work with restrictions in a different, and less demanding position than the one in which he was injured, and which pays less than his old job, Lipkin & Apter negotiated a Wage-Differential Settlement for $300,000
The Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Lipkin & Apter were contacted by M.R., a fifty-year-old suburban police officer who suffered a serious knee injury, that ultimately required knee surgery to repair his knee while responding to an emergency call. Lipkin & Apter was repeatedly forced to argue with the insurance company for M.R.’s employer to ensure that he received his temporary total disability (i.e. weekly benefits) while he remained unable to work. Additionally, he pursued a finding of permanent and total disability from the Illinois Pension Board while receiving TTD from Workers’ Compensation-a process that took many months of diligence and patience. Ultimately, M.R. was awarded a Duty Disability monthly pension. Lipkin & Apter was then able to secure for M.R. an excellent Lump Sum Workers’ Compensation settlement over $147,000.00, an amount equal to 40% loss of a person as a whole for permanent disability.
The attorneys at Lipkin & Apter have successful experience processing mold and toxic tort cases and OSHA air quality restrictions. In this case, we successfully negotiated a settlement of $420,000. Defendants initially offered a total of only $20,000. Our investigation and medical testimony proved to the Defendants that our client’s claims were severe and possessed a strong likelihood of success at trial.
A 53-year-old long term and reliable school custodian JS contacted Lipkin & Apter after his school district failed to accommodate his light-duty work restrictions and denied him worker compensation, financial and medical benefits. He was told by his supervisor that the restriction written by his rheumatologist could not be honored - he either had to work full duty or not at all, at which point JS went home. As a result, JS had now been unemployed and penniless for several months and was not receiving any temporary total disability benefits or weekly workers compensation and a petition for an emergency trial was filed immediately.
During the trial, the school district attempted to discredit JS's account by discrediting the number of pieces of furniture he had to move each night and the number of classrooms for which he was responsible. On the other hand, Lipkin & Apter attorneys cross-examined his supervisors to reveal that JS performed his job well and so they had little reason to actually watch him work. Meaning they did not know how he rearranged the chairs and desks. Nor did they know the distance the equipment had to be moved. Following the trial, the arbitrator Awarded Medical Benefit, Temporary Total Disability, Back Pay, and Permanent Disability to JS.
A worker injured on the job can sometimes qualify and receive Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits in ADDITION to receiving workman’s compensation benefits. The criteria for SSDI eligibility and workers comp are different, but more serious workplace injuries often wind up with a claimant getting both. Nevertheless, to be entitled to Social Security Disability, you have to prove that you cannot work in ANY capacity before being entitled to benefits. In the normal legal course, the injured worker will first apply for workers' compensation benefits then for SSDI benefits. Understanding how the workman’s compensation and Social Security Disability benefits work together must be understood by your legal representative.
Lipkin & Apter attorneys get results. We know how to maximize the money damages our clients have coming to them in a variety of personal injury cases including auto accidents, workers compensation, medical negligence, nursing home abuse, and construction accidents.