April 2016 Comp cases

Estimating the value of an individual workers’ compensation case is far from an exact science.  This is because the outcome of any given case is driven by the particular facts of each case.  How severe was the injury?  How much medical treatment did it require?  What are the long term or permanent repercussions of the injury?  How much did the injured worker make at the time of the injury?  All crucial questions.

That being said, below is a sample of cases that went to permanency or settled last month:

  • Body part: back
  • Injury: strain
  • Amount: $5,800
  • Claimant was injured while assisting a patient into a wheelchair.  As a result, Claimant was placed in a light duty work status for approximately three months.  Her medical treatment involved a course of physical therapy.


  • Body part: hand
  • Injury: contusion
  • Amount: $13,000
  • Claimant was injured when he banged his hand on the side of his work truck.  Claimant missed approximately one month of work before returning to light duty.  He returned to full duty after approximately 10 weeks on light duty.  For treatment, Claimant underwent a course of physical therapy.


  • Body part: back
  • Injury: lumbar spine disc protrusion
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Claimant was injured breaking up a fight between two children.  Her treatment included a course of physical therapy.