No two workers’ compensation cases are exactly alike nor are the circumstances behind a personal injury case identical. And of course, each Social Security Disability claimant’s situation is unique. However, what does remain the same is our commitment—as we fight for every dollar our clients deserve under the rule of law as these real-life examples demonstrate.
About a month after the injury, a 44 year old production supervisor retained our firm in connection with a June 2013 injury. After receiving lost wage benefits and medical care for the neck and back for over three years, to resolve the claim an additional sum of $190,000 was awarded in November 2016
A 38-year-old laborer was struck by a falling tree. At the time of injury, the employer failed to secure workers’ compensation coverage for employees. The Uninsured Employers’ Fund was found responsible for the injury and directed to make payments for lost wages and benefits. After receiving payments of compensation when due for over 16 years in addition to medical care, the claimant requested in the fall of 2015 our office negotiate a final resolution of the matter. In December of 2015 Oot and Associates, PLLC secured a final decision awarding the additional sum of $612,000.00 for the closing of future lost wages and medical.
In 2011 the claimant sustained a neck injury while working at a local college. In 2014 the claimant underwent surgery for the injury and never returned to work. Prior to settlement the claimant was paid over $156,000.00 in lost wage benefits and received full medical coverage for all conditions deemed related to the injury. In 2016 the claimant expressed a desire to leave New York. In February 2016, Oot and Associates, PLLC successfully negotiated a settlement for $308,000.00 over and above all prior payments.
Injured in 1995 at the age of 36, this claimant collected workers’ compensation weekly benefits total over $186,000.00 plus full medical coverage for the injury between 1995 and 2016. Having been found permanently partially disabled the carrier routinely attempted to suspend benefits using labor market attachment questionnaires. The client desired to move on from the claim having been involved in the system for over a decade. Oot and Associates, PLLC successfully negotiated a settlement whereby the compensation carrier paid the additional sum of $189,000.00 to resolve the claim on a final basis in March 2016.
Ultimately, despite exhausting all forms of treatment, he was unable to return to work. Surgeries were unsuccessful, and all forms of pain management failed to adequately control his pain. After years of clenching and grinding his teeth due to pain, he had extensive dental damage. The worker's compensation carrier refused to cover ANY dental treatment. After extensive litigation, the Insurance carrier was directed to pay for the restoration requested by claimant's dentist.
Between the date of injury in 2014 and settlement in 2016, the claimant received wage replacement benefits exceeding $100,000.00, and full medical benefits. She was classified as having a permanent partial disability related to her injuries. Ultimately, the claimant wished to close her claim. Oot & Associates, PLLC was successful in securing an additional $200,000.00 from the insurance carrier to conclude the matter.
The deceased had a long-standing history of heart disease unrelated to his employment. On the date of his death, he was engaged in unloading his delivery vehicle when he suffered a fatal heart attack. The insurance carrier contested the claim pointing to the long-standing history of heart disease to argue that the death was unrelated to the work activities. Oot & Associates, PLLC was successful in negotiating a resolution of the controversy and settlement of the claim for $311,000 to the widow.
As a result of the neck injury, she developed carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome and complex regional pain syndrome. Oot & Associates, PLLC was successful through litigation in amending her claim to include the additional injury sites. Having been involved in the system for over a decade, the claimant ultimately decided that she wanted to close her claim. Oot & Associates, PLLC successfully negotiated a settlement for an additional $300,000.