This claim involved an injured worker who drove a tanker truck for approximately 10 years. The worker sustained an injury to his lumbar spine caused by a combination of specific accidents and repetitive trauma from years of driving. He eventually was required to undergo surgery on his back and use a spinal chord stimulator, a device implanted into the body that uses electric signals to relieve pain.
Also, this claim what is called an “indemnity only” settlement. This means that the medical portion of the claim remains open to allow for the injured worker to have his future medical treatment paid for by his employer’s Workers’ Compensation insurance company. In an indemnity only settlement, only the portion of the claim that would provide payment directly to the injured worker is closed.