Connecticut State Employee Awarded $400,000 in Retroactive Disability Pension Benefits

A former State of Connecticut employee was awarded a service-connected disability pension retroactive to August 2011.  The total retroactive award was $400,000.

Workers’ compensation settlement: $290,000.00

Tanker-truck driver sustained two back injuries at work.  He required L4 laminectomy; L4-5 facetectomty and forminotomy; and L4-5 discectomy, which was accepted and paid by the workers’ compensation insurance carrier.  He then required another surgery, which was denied by the carrier, consisting of spinal fusion at L4-5 and L5-S1.  He was ultimately diagnosed with foot drop.

Settlement of Covid-19 Workers’ Compensation Claim for $650,000

Claimant contracted Covid-19 during the course of his employment from a co-worker.  Unfortunately, the Claimant died from complications of Covid-19 after a month-long hospital stay.  A claim for survivor’s benefits for the Claimant’s wife were brought under C.G.S. 31-306.  The Workers’ Compensation insurance company agree to pay a settlement of $650,000 to settle the claim.  This settlement included a resolution of hospital bills incurred as a result of the Claimant’s hospitalization.

Settlement of Complex Worker’s Compensation Claim for $85,000

Claimant had cancer in his arm and was unaware. He fractured his humerus while pulling a chain in the course of his employment. Abnormal bone was identified at the time of the fracture, and an extensive workup identified a sarcoma that had been asymptomatic up until the point of the injury. He underwent a complex surgery including an allograft reconstruction of the humerus and a shoulder replacement. The injury was deemed compensable and the Claimant was paid a 50% PPD to the upper extremity prior to settlement.  Claim settled for $85,000.

Settlement of Motorcycle Accident for $100,000

Injured client was riding a motorcycle when he was cut off by a car taking a left turn in front of him.  The client lost control of the bike trying to avoid striking the other car.  He suffered a broken collarbone as a result of falling off his motorcycle.  He required surgery to repair the broken collarbone.  The case settled for the Defendant’s policy limits of $100,000.

Settlement of Workers’ Compensation Claim for $108,000

Injured worker was employed as a service technician for copier machines.  He sustained an injury to his back while lifting machine parts.  The worker had previously had back surgery for an unrelated work injury with a different employer.  The worker’s treating doctor performed a spinal fusion surgery following the second incident.  The client received an additional 11% disability rating to the back following the second surgery.  This claim was mediated before a former Workers’ Compensation Commissioner.  The insurance companies for both the employers contributed to the final settlement amount.

Settlement of Workers’ Compensation Claim for $435,000

Long-time liquor distribution worker with a long history of work-related injuries to various body parts including his back and left knee.  The Claimant had a left knee replacement and multiple back surgeries.  In addition to the settlement figure, the insurance company agreed to fund a Medicare Set-Aside of approximately $120,000 to pay for ongoing medical treatment.  An annuity was created to fund this amount.

Settlement of Workers’ Compensation Claim for $335,000

Sixty-eight year old aircraft technician with a long history of work-related injuries to his right knee.  Over the years, he required multiple knee surgeries including a total knee replacement and a revision of the knee replacement.  He was eventually given a 50% permanent partial disability of the knee.  The Claimant was deemed unable to return to work as a result of his knee condition.  Settlement of this matter involved compensation for future medical treatment, future lost wage benefits and cost of living adjustments.

Workers’ Compensation Settlement of $707,000

Seventy-year-old former hospital technician sustained injuries to both shoulders and neck. The Claimant eventually developed complex regional pain syndrome and depression following bilateral shoulder surgeries. The Claimant has received total temporary disability benefits for a period of years. The final settlement involved a lump sum amount and a structured settlement designed to guarantee regular monthly payments over the next 15 years.

Workers’ Compensation Settlement – $275,000

Sixty-two year old heavy equipment operator injured both knees.  He required multiple surgeries including a total knee replacement on one knee.  The diagnosis included significant post-traumatic disease.  He was paid specific award benefits for a 22% rating on one knee and a 15% rating to the other.  We had been claiming entitlement to additional specific award benefits based upon increases in permanent partial impairment and entitlement to 31-308a benefits.  The settlement includes a Medicare Set Aside Trust approved by CMS in the amount of approximately $61,000.00.