Worker's Compensation Lawsuit Settlements
Goodyear Client Loses Hearing - Settlement of 95,880
Jeff Boyd represented a Goodyear client who worked there for 39 years prior to retirement. On his last hearing test in 2008, he failed the test. He was sent to Dr. Eason who (after telling the client for years that there was nothing wrong with his hearing) told the client he had profound hearing loss and needed to see a specialist. When the client turned in his hearing loss claim as work related, Liberty Mutual denied the claim stating the statute of limitations had expired on the basis that the client knew or should have known that he had a hearing loss and did nothing about it. Boyd negotiated with the Tennessee Department of Labor to order Goodyear to provide him with a doctor and hearing aids in the time leading up to the trial. At trial, the Court awarded 85% disability to the hearing system which equated to $95,880. Both doctors who testified in this case said the client's hearing was the worst they had seen out of Goodyear so far. The case most likely will go up to the Tennessee Supreme Court on appeal.
Shoulder Injury Settles for $144,000
Hill-Boren attorney Jeff Boyd represented a Goodyear employee who sustained a right shoulder injury. She was treated and had her shoulder surgically repaired. She was off receiving medical treatment at the time the plant closed so she was not subject to the "cap." The case was settled for $144,000.
Severe On the Job Knee Injury
Ricky Boren recently tried a workers' compensation case for a 49-year-old gentleman who sustained a severe injury to his knee while on the job. The client had significant prior injuries. The trial judge found that his knee injury, combined with his prior injuries, rendered him totally and permanently disabled. He will receive permanent partial disability benefits until he reaches the age of 67 years.
On the Job Back Injury Amounts to Sum of $195,510
Ricky Boren recently tried a case for a 59-year-old gentleman who injured his back while pushing on a compressor at work, an injury which required surgery. The sum of $195,510 was paid to the employee.
Employee Impaled by Wooden Fence Post
Attorney James Krenis represented a 29-year-old construction worker who was carrying shingles on a roof when he lost his footing, fell off the roof and was impaled on a three foot wide wooden fence post. He suffered a concussion, staples in his head, a large hole in his back and abdomen where the wooden fence post had gone through him and had to be removed by surgery, repair to his femur bone with pins and a blood clot. His employer did not have worker's comp insurance, but the contractor did. After petitioning the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the case settled upon his release from medical care for the maximum allowable under Tennessee law.
Truck Flipped with Employee in Sleeper Cab
Hill-Boren attorney James Krenis recently represented a truck driver who was injured when the truck in which he was riding flipped while he was in the sleeper cab as part of a tandem driving team. After back surgery, he suffered lost range of motion in his neck and weakness in his left arm. His employer laid him off and he had difficulty finding another job with his injury history and limitations from those injuries. He settled his case with lifetime medical treatment.
64-Year-Old Factory Worker Injured
A 64-year-old factory worker was injured in the course and scope of her employment when she noticed that her gradually occurring injury to her left shoulder was causing her performance to suffer on her job. An MRI confirmed a tear, and surgery was performed. Mr. Krenis was able to settle her case in the amount of $110,160, with lifetime future medical treatment.
Reopened Case Leads to an Additional $35,940
A 56-year-old maintenance/electrician injured his back in the course and scope of his employment in 2003. He settled his claim in 2004 and was able to return to work for his pre-injury employer. In July of 2011, his employer shut their doors and he was out of a job. James Krenis reopened his case and was able to obtain an additional $35,940.
Electrician Injured and Settled Prior to Trial for $255,600
Hill-Boren attorney Ricky Boren recently represented a man who injured his shoulder while pulling wires as an electrician. He had two surgical procedures on his shoulder. The case settled just prior to trial for $225,600.
Forklift Incident Ends with Settlement of $124,388
Ricky Boren recently settled a workers' compensation case for a gentleman that sustained a severe injury to his back, when a fork lift ran over a piece of steel that he was standing on, pulling it out from under him. The client required surgery to his back. The case settled just prior to trial for the amount of $124,388.
Amputated Hand Case Settles for $83,856
Hill-Boren attorney Jeff Boyd recently represented a factory worker who was injured when his hand was caught in a conveyor belt, traumatically amputating his hand mid-palm. Boyd settled the case for $83,856, plus the cost of a prosthetic device for his hand.
Hearing Loss Due to Years On-the-Job
Jeff Boyd represented a factory worker who sustained work-related hearing loss due to substantial noise exposure over years on-the-job. The case was settled for $18,360.
Hearing Loss Case Settles for $29,587
Attorney Jeff Boyd represented a factory worker who sustained work-related hearing loss due to substantial noise exposure over the years. The case was settled for the worker in the amount of $29,587.
Three Hearing Loss Claims Pending
Jeff Boyd currently has three hearing loss claims in the appeals process. All of these cases were won at the trial court level and are awaiting ruling by the Tennessee Supreme Court, hopefully affirming the trial court awards. The awards range from $25,000 up to approximately $50,000. The decisions of the Supreme Court are expected later this summer.
Employee Let Go After Injuries to Back and Groin
Attorney James Krenis recently represented a 33-year-old Crockett County tire technician, who was let go from his job after sustaining injuries to his low back and groin while on the job. Krenis fought to settle the case for $52,301 with lifetime future medical treatment.
Reopened Claim Settle for More than Original Settlement
Hill-Boren attorney James Krenis recently represented a 51-year-old woman who injured her shoulder in the course and scope of her employment at a nursing home in 2008. The original case was settled in 2009, but she decided to reopen her claim after being laid off in late 2011. James settled her case for more than the original settlement.
Nurse Suffers Neck and Cervical Injury from Patient
A 50-year-old Hardeman County woman had worked for 23 years as a nurse at mental facility, when she was injured in the course and scope of her employment. She sustained serious neck injury and cervical strain after a patient grabbed her head and slammed it onto the table. James Krenis settled the case for $20,501, including medication coverage. She also retains the right to reopen her claim in the future.
Employer Denies Injury Claim
James Krenis recently represented a 41-year-old factory employee who sustained gradually occurring injuries to both arms and an aggravation of a pre-existing elbow injury on the job in 2007. His employer denied the claim and, after exhausting all attempts to settle the matter through the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, it went to trial in 2010. The trial judge awarded the employee worker’s compensation benefits of both past and lifetime future medical expenses, payment of temporary total disability benefits and discretionary costs. After the employer’s attorney appealed the decision, James Krenis defended the man at a Supreme Court panel and won.
Crushed Hand in On-the-Job Accident
James Krenis recently represented a Dyersburg man who sustained an on-the-job injury. The man was picking up a steel roller with a large ball bearing on the conveyor belt when his feet slipped from under him and the roller fell on top of his right hand, crushing it. During the recovery phase he developed a staph infection and had to be treated at the Infectious Disease Clinic. Unfortunately, the man continues to experience pain and loss of sensation in his thumb. Krenis fought to get the man $25,000, to cover injury, lost wages and medical bills.
Company Employee Gains Injuries then Laid Off
Hill-Boren attorney James Krenis represented a 52 year-old trucking company employee who had sustained gradually occurring injuries and was permanently laid off. The injuries to her upper extremities occurred over her 13 years in clerical work for the company. The case was settled for the employee for $11,550.
Dietary Aide Injures Neck and was Awarded $12,750
When a McNairy County dietary aide injured her neck, arm and shoulder after stepping on an uneven floor, lawyer James Krenis fought to get her the worker’s compensation she needed. The woman was awarded $12,750 for the injuries she sustained.
Injured Factory Worker Returns to Work with Greater Wage
James Krenis represented a Gibson County factory employee whose physical work led to a repetitive stress injury of the shoulder. After undergoing treatment, the employee returned to work, but experienced debilitating pain. An MRI confirmed a partial tear and other right shoulder problems, and the man underwent surgery. The man was awarded $10,878 and returned to work with the same or greater wage that he had before the injury.
Henry County Women Allowed Additional Compensation
James Krenis recently represented a Henry County woman in reconsidering her previous worker’s compensation claim. When her employer required her to perform only work she was physically incapable of, she went to her treating physician who confirmed her decreased abilities. Krenis got the woman a 60% industrial disability rating, which allowed her additional compensation.
Reopened Claim Receives Additional 13%
Recently, Hill-Boren attorney James Krenis represented a man who was laid off during the Goodyear plant closure. His previous worker’s compensation claim was reopened and the man received an additional 13% for his arm injury, or $18,576.
On-the-Job Accident Reviewed for $112,000
Hill-Boren attorney Jeff Boyd represented a client who was injured on the job when he sustained a severe head trauma. He underwent several surgeries, but was fortunately able to return to work at his old job. The case was settled at the Department of Labor Benefit Review Conference for $112,000 with open future medical benefits. Also, if the client loses his job within 400 weeks, it will be possible to reopen the case for additional compensation.
Employee Develops Gradually Injury
Jeff Boyd represented a route driver for a national delivery company, who had developed a gradual injury to his lower back and neck. He was hurting so badly that his supervisor occasionally had to pick him up off of his route and take him to the emergency room. However, because the driver did not say out loud “I hurt myself on the job,” his injuries were ignored by the company. He was having so much trouble, that the company sent him home from the job and told him to come back when he was physically up to it. After a year of enduring tremendous pain, with no income, his case went to trial. Boyd’s client was awarded $44,000 in permanent benefits and another $45,000 for the year he had no income. He also has the right to reopen his case if he loses that job and open medical benefits for life.
On-the-Job Back Injury Results in Benefits Until Age 66
Ricky Boren represented a man who injured his back on-the-job, while moving a refrigerator. The client’s on-the-job back injury caused or aggravated an infectious condition in his spine, requiring two surgeries. The case was tried and the court found that this injury resulted in rendering him totally and permanently disabled. The defendant in this case appealed to the Supreme Court. Recently, the ruling was handed down and affirmed the original court’s decision. The client will receive benefits until he reaches the age of 66 years.
Gradually Developed Neck Pain – Victim Awarded $263,036
Attorney Jeff Boyd of Hill Boren represented a truck driver who gradually developed neck pain driving on bumpy interstate highways. The driver developed excruciating neck pain and numbness into his fingers. He went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with a herniated disc. After surgery, the driver was unable to continue as an over the road truck driver. The case settled for $263,036 with lifetime medical benefits.
Work Accident Leaves Worker Without Functional Use of Arm - $51,850 Awarded
A 26 year-old male sustained a work-related injury when a box fell on his neck, left shoulder and left arm. As a result of the accident, the employee experienced numbness in his left arm and eventually loss of function in the arm. The employee asked Hill Boren to assist him in his fight for worker’s compensation benefits. Despite the employer's doctor’s testimony of finding no reasons for the injured employee's symptoms, Mr. Shannon L. Toon was able to settle the worker’s compensation claim for $51,850, based upon the employee's average weekly wage. In addition, the employee's medical care for this injury will remain open for his entire life.
Retail Manager Suffers Back Injury in Storeroom Fall – Receives $70,000
A 53 year-old assistant retail manager sustained an injury to her back, neck and tailbone when she fell off of a ladder in her company storeroom. She was diagnosed with a back contusion but continued to have recurrent neck pain, shoulder pain and leg pain as well as other complaints, which she related to the fall. The employer and the insurance carrier disputed the claim. She contacted Hill Boren about assisting her in her fight. Despite the company’s denial, Mr. Shannon L. Toon was able to resolve her worker's compensation claim for $70,000.
Worker’s Compensation Case Reopened for $38,039 Additional Settlement
An employee of a local factory worked the same job for 18 years and sustained a low back strain, which did not require surgery. He returned to his old job. Hill-Boren assisted him with his worker’s compensation claim and he settled the case based on the “caps” or limits imposed by the law. He then lost his job. The worker claimed he lost the job because management targeted him due to the prior worker’s compensation case. Management claimed the employee lost his job for producing bad parts in his manufacturing work. Jeff Boyd of Hill-Boren reopened his prior case per the worker’s compensation law and obtained an additional settlement of $38,039 for the client, which was more than double his original settlement.
Factory Worker Suffers Neck Injury from Lifting - $120,000 Settlement Awarded
A 48 year-old factory worker suffered a work-related injury to her neck from lifting. She was diagnosed with cervical spondylosis, which doctors felt was aggravated by her job. Surgery was performed and she was treated by a pain specialist. She was then released to return to work with no restrictions. She retained Hill Boren to help her fight for her worker’s compensation benefits. Mr. Shannon L. Toon negotiated a worker’s compensation settlement for her in the amount of $120,000 with open future medical benefits for any future complaints related to her work injury.
Truck Driver's Injury Results in $175,000 Settlement
Shannon L. Toon represented a 40-year old truck driver who injured his neck, back and both legs when he attempted to get a trailer door unstuck and the door fell and pinned him. He was diagnosed with a two-level cervical disc herniation and chronic neck and shoulder pain. A two-level cervical fusion and discectomy was ultimately performed. However, following surgery, the employee continued to experience pain and numbness. His treating surgeon recommended permanent restrictions of lifting no more than 50 pounds. Mr. Toon was able to settle the worker 's compensation claim for $175,000 along with payment for all future medical care associated with the claim.
Truck Driver's Herniated Disk Results in $263,036 Settlement
Attorney Jeff Boyd represented a truck driver who gradually developed neck pain driving on bumpy interstate highways. The driver developed excruciating neck pain and numbness into his fingers. He went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with a herniated disc. After surgery, the client was unable to continue as an over the road truck driver. The case settled for $263,036 with lifetime medical benefits.
Work Accident Leaves Worker Without Functional Use of Arm - $51,850 Settlement
Shannon L. Toon represented a 26-year old male for a work-related injury he sustained when a box fell on his neck, left shoulder and left arm. As a result of the accident, the employee experienced numbness in his left arm and eventually loss of function in the arm. Despite the employer's doctors testimony of finding no reasons for the injured employee's symptoms, Mr. Toon was able to settle the worker's compensation claim for $51,850 based upon the employee's average weekly wage. In addition, the employee's medical care for this injury will remain open for his entire life.
Tree Service Worker's Leg Injury Results in $45,000 Settlement
Attorney Shannon L. Toon represented a 37 year-old worker for a tree service. The employee was injured when a log rolled out of the back of the truck and struck him in the left leg. He was diagnosed with an infected hematoma resulting in a permanent disability. His worker's compensation claim was settled for $45,000 with lifetime future medical treatment for the injury.
Delivery Driver Neck Injury Aggravation Results in $25,000 Settlement
Attorney Shannon L. Toon represented a 38 year-old delivery driver who sustained an aggravation of a pre-existing injury to his neck. He was diagnosed with an advancement of a pre-existing herniated disc, which ultimately required surgery. The employer and insurance carrier denied the driver disability benefits alleging that his new symptoms and surgery were simply a continuation of a prior worker's compensation claim. However, Mr. Toon filed the appropriate motions with the court and the driver was awarded temporary disability benefits for his time off work. Mr. Toon resolved the permanent disability portion of the worker's compensation claim resulting from the aggravation in the amount $25,000 with lifetime future medical treatment.
Carpal Tunnel Worker's Comp Settlement - $22,603
Attorney Shannon L. Toon represented a 63 year-old medical assistant who developed carpal tunnel syndrome in both her arms. She had undergone prior surgeries on her arms for similar complaints. She aggravated her pre-existing condition performing her everyday job duties and ultimately had second surgeries on both arms. Mr. Toon resolved the worker's compensation claim for $22,603 with future medical treatment for her arms.
Retail Manager Suffers Injury to Back in Storeroom Fall - Awarded $70,000
Attorney Shannon L. Toon represented a 53 year-old assistant retail manager who sustained an injury to her back, neck and tailbone when she fell off of a ladder in the storeroom. She was diagnosed with a back contusion but continued to have recurrent neck pain, shoulder pain and leg pain as well as other complaints which she related to the fall. The employer and the insurance carrier disputed the claim. Despite the denial, Mr. Toon was able to resolve her worker's compensation claim for $70,000.
Worker's Comp Case Reopened for Additional Settlement
Attorney Jeff Boyd represented an employee of a local factory who worked the same job for 18 years. He sustained a low back strain, which did not require surgery and he returned to his old job. Hill-Boren settled that case based on the “caps” or limits imposed by the law. He then lost his job. The worker claimed he lost the job because management targeted him due to the prior worker's compensation case. Management claimed the employee lost his job for producing bad parts in his manufacturing work. Hill-Boren reopened his prior case per the worker's compensation law and obtained an additional settlement of $38,039 for the client, which was more than double his original settlement.
Truck Driver Back Injury in Work Related Accident - Over $200,000 Settlement
Shannon L. Toon represented a 49 year-old truck driver who was rear-ended while driving for his employer. He was diagnosed with a herniated disk in his back and carpal tunnel syndrome in his right arm. Surgery was performed for each injury. Mr. Toon obtained a settlement with the truck driver’s employer under worker's compensation, and in addition, recently reached a settlement with the defendant driver and the underinsured motorist carrier for $202,674.
Harmful Mold in the Workplace Results in Worker's Compensation Settlement
Attorney Ricky Boren represented a professor who experienced respiratory problems. A toxicology study reported mold infestation in the building in which she taught. The case was subsequently settled for 60% permanent physical impairment to the body as a whole.
Nurse Receives Settlement for Back Injury
James Krenis represented a Henderson County nurse’s aid that injured her back at work requiring surgery. The case settled for $64,000.
Worker Receives Settlement for Injury and Future Medical Expenses
Shannon L. Toon represented a 65-year-old brewery employee who injured his back while lifting a container weighing approximately 50 pounds. Surgery was not required for this particular injury, but he was unable to return to work as a result of his ongoing symptoms. Mr. Toon was able to resolve the worker's compensation claim for $135,000, as well as future medical care for the resulting injury.
Attorney Jeff Boyd Brings Worker's Compensation Suit to Appeals Court and Wins Settlement
Attorney Jeff Boyd represented a worker who sustained a severe injury to both legs in 1978. He was treated and then returned to work. In 2003, he was told by his doctor that he needed to park close to the front of the plant due to his condition since surgery to fuse his ankles would hinder him from working. The case was taken to trial where the court dismissed the case on the statute of limitations. The case was appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court which reversed the trial judge. The case settled for $123,600 prior to the second trial.
Factory Worker Suffers Gradually Occurring Injury, Settles Worker's Compensation Case
James Krenis settled a case for a longtime factory worker who suffered a gradually occurring injury to the arms, the neck and the back. The case settled for $87,500.
Employee Injured By Forklift Settles Worker's Compensation Case
Attorney James Krenis reached a settlement in a worker’s compensation case on behalf of a client whose foot was run over by a forklift while working in a factory. The case was settled for an undisclosed amount of money.
Lower Back and Shoulder Injury Entitles Client to Compensation Plus Lifetime Medical Benefits
Chris Taylor represented a Tipton County woman who injured her lower back and shoulder while working. The claims were denied by worker's compensation. After litigation and prior to trial, the case settled for $69,175. The client is entitled to receive lifetime medicals for her injuries.
Repetitive Use in Factory Causes Tipton County Women Injuries to Both Arms
Attorney Chris Taylor represented a Tipton County woman developed injuries to both of her arms. She was diagnosed with bilateral carpal tunnel, bilateral cubital tunnel, and bilateral impingement syndrome. She had surgery on both arms, ultimately returning to work. Prior to trial, the case settled for $92,082.40 and is entitled to receive lifetime medicals.
Shoulder Injury from Fall Results in $400,000 Judgment
A Hill Boren client injured his shoulder when he fell down some steps at work. His employer denied benefits. At trial, the court found that the employee was entitled to benefits and that the employee was permanently and totally disabled. The judgment was in excess of $400,000. The case later settled on appeal. The case was handled by Attorney Chris Taylor.
Concrete Truck Driver Injured, Receives Compensation plus Lifetime Medical Treatment
Shannon Toon represented a concrete truck driver who sustained two separate work related injuries. Initially, the employee injured his right shoulder picking up concrete chutes. He was diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear. After returning to work from the shoulder injury, the employee injured his back lifting a chute. Mr. Toon resolved both of the injured employee's worker's compensation claims for $45,000 and lifetime future medical treatment for both injuries.
Back Injury Results in $30,000 Worker’s Compensation Claim and Lifetime Medical Benefits
Shannon Toon represented a 44 year-old gentleman who injured his back at work lifting a box. After back surgery, he returned to work with the same employer performing the same duties and making the same amount of money as before his injury. Mr. Toon settled the worker's compensation claim for $30,247 with lifetime future medical treatment for his back injury.
Client Injured in Work-Related Auto Accident
Shannon Toon represented a 49 year-old gentleman that was rear ended while driving a company truck during work. As a result of the accident, the employee was diagnosed with a ruptured disc in his neck. After surgery, he returned to work with no restrictions and continues to work performing his regular duties as an exterminator. Mr. Toon resolved the employee's worker's compensation claim for $50,000.00 and lifetime future medical treatment for his neck injury.
Truck Driver Receives Worker's Compensation Settlement From Accident
Jeff Boyd represented a husband and wife that operate an 18-wheeler. They were injured when their truck was involved in a highway accident and flipped. The cases settled collectively for $100,000 in worker's compensation benefits. The case is proceeding for potential recovery from the automobile liability carrier for the person that caused the accident. The worker's compensation insurance carrier waived its rights to get its money back from the other insurer as part of the settlement.
Occupational Hearing Loss and Neck Injury Settles at $155,000
Jeff Boyd recently represented a 30-year employee who sustained injury to his neck and hearing loss as a result of his job as a machine operator. The plaintiff was 53 years-old and unable to return to his employment at the factory. The case settled case for $155,000 with open medicals.
Worker's Compensation Claim Settles at $75,000
Jeff Boyd represented a millwright who sustained injury to his neck which required surgery. After surgery he was unable to return to his former employer but was able to find work with another company performing substantially the same job with better benefits. The case settled for $75,000 with open medicals.
Factory Supervisor Sustains Neck Injury
Jeff Boyd represented a factory supervisor that sustained injury to his neck. After surgery, he was able to return to work at the same rate of pay as before injury. The case settled for $89,320.00 with open future medical benefits. Because of his return to work, his case was capped at this amount but if he should lose his job within 400 weeks of his return to work, Hill Boren can petition the court to reopen his case and pursue additional money benefits.
Shoulder and Lower Back Injury
Chris Taylor represented a Tipton County woman who injured her lower back and shoulder while working. The claims were denied by worker's compensation. After litigation and prior to trial, the case settled with the client receiving $69,175.25. The client is entitled to receive lifetime medicals for her injuries.
Nurse Sustains Rotator Cup Injury
A Tipton County woman employed at Kindred Nursing Center as a nurse injured her shoulder in the course and scope of her employment. She was diagnosed with a rotator cuff injury. After returning to work, the client settled her case for 27.76% to the body or $32,500.00 with lifetime medicals.
On the Job Injury Requires Surgery on Both Arms
A Tipton County woman has developed injuries to both of her arms. She was diagnosed with bilateral carpal tunnel, bilateral cubital tunnel, and bilateral impingement syndrome. She had surgery on both arms, ultimately returning to work for Quebecor. Prior to trial, the case settled for 62% to the body or $92, 082.40. She is entitled to receive lifetime medicals.
CNA develops DeQuervain’s and Trigger Thumb
A Shelby County Woman developed DeQuervain's and Trigger Thumb while employed as a CNA with Memphis Mid South OB/GYN. She had to undergo surgery for these conditions. After surgery, she was released with a 27% impairment to her arm. The case settled for 76% to the arm or $42,479.44 with lifetime medicals.
Back Injury Due to Heavy Lifting
A Shelby County woman was injured lifting boxes at Union Planters. Despite proper reporting, the insurance company began denying medical treatment to her. She was diagnosed with a back strain and was given 0% impairment by the worker's compensation doctors. At trial, the court awarded her 30% to the body as a whole and other benefits totaling $54,262.00. Of course, she is entitled to lifetime medical treatment.
Case settles in excess of $400,000
A Swift Transportation employee fell down steps injuring his shoulder. The employee was unable to have a surgical procedure because of preexisting conditions. Swift Transportation denied benefits. At trial, the court found that the employee was entitled to benefits and that the employee was permanently and totally disabled, distributing the award between Swift and the Second Injury Fund. The judgment was in excess of $400,000.00. The case later settled on appeal.
Shoulder Injury Case Settles at $100,000
A Hill Boren client sustained a shoulder injury in motor vehicle accident. Her injury required $30,000 in medical expenses for treatment. Jeff Boyd settled the case for the insurance policy limit of $100,000.00.
Client Suffers Severe Whiplash Neck Injury
John Hamilton represented a client who was injured in car accident involving another driver who recklessly reached for his cell phone which had fallen on the floor. The client suffered severe whiplash injuries to his neck. The case settled for the defendant driver's policy limits of $25,000.
Lowe’s Employee Injured on the Job
Jeff Boyd represented a Lowe’s employee in a worker's compensation case who sustained injury to her right shoulder which required surgery. During her recovery, she sustained injury to her left shoulder requiring surgery. In the interim, she was terminated from her job and has since returned to work for another employer. The case settled for $86,467.50.
Chemical Induced Skin Rash
James Krenis represented a client who suffered from a severe skin rash while working in a Gibson County factory due to oils used on the line. The factory has since closed, but the case settled for $50,000 after the treating doctor diagnosed her with significant permanent impairment.
On The Job Shoulder Injury Requires Two Surgeries
John Hamilton represented a 46 year-old factory worker who sustained an on-the-job injury to his right shoulder that required two surgical procedures. The shoulder developed a lot of scar tissue but all doctors agreed that a third procedure would not be advisable. The case settled for approximately $33,000. Also, additional compensation in the amount of $15,000 was negotiated for any future medical care that might be required.
Truck Driver Rear Ended While Working
Shannon Toon represented a 49-year-old truck driver who was rear-ended while driving for his employer. He was diagnosed with a herniated disk in his back and carpal tunnel syndrome in his right arm. Surgery was performed for each injury and the employee was released to return to work as a truck driver following treatment. The claim settled for $94,705.
Factory Closed, Injured Worker Receives Benefits
Shannon Toon represented a 48-year-old woman who sustained repetitive injuries to her left arm and shoulder while working at a factory in Milan, Tennessee. Shortly after she reported the injury, the plant closed. She ultimately had surgery on her arm and shoulder, sustaining a permanent disability. Her worker's compensation claim settled for $133,922.
Fork Lift Driver Suffers Repetitive Use Injuries
Shannon Toon represented a 52 year old woman who sustained repetitive injuries to both her arms while working as a fork lift driver. She ultimately had surgery on both her arms for which she sustained a permanent disability. After her surgery, she returned to work as a fork lift driver. Mr. Toon settled her worker's compensation claim against her employer for $38,670.00.
Worker's Compensation Claim Settles for $33,000
Shannon Toon represented a 46 year old man who sustained an injury to his right elbow requiring surgery. The employer refused to provide the employee medical treatment claim initially. However, Mr. Toon filed the appropriate motions with the court and the employee’s worker's compensation benefits were reinstated. Mr. Toon resolved the worker's compensation claim for $33,372.00 with lifetime future medical treatment for his elbow injury.
Insulation Installer Suffers Heart Attack
Jeffrey P. Boyd represented an insulation installer who had a heart attack while working in an attic with temperatures over 110 degrees. The employee underwent heart catheterization and returned to work at the same job, making the same money as before the heart attack. After the case went to trial, the Chancellor determined the employee to be 95 percent vocationally disabled and awarded permanent benefits of $154,517, temporary total disability benefits, payment of unpaid past medical charges and lifetime medical benefits through the worker's’ compensation insurance carrier.
Back Injury Settled for $154,000
Shannon L. Toon represented a client who injured his back while moving boxes at work. The injury required surgery. The employer’s insurance carrier disputed the claim because the employee had four previous back surgeries and his current condition was a result of the prior injuries. Despite the denial, the client received $154,000 with future medical care for his injury.
Back and Neck Injury Setteld for $170,000
Shannon L. Toon settled a claim involving a 44-year-old factory worker. The employee sustained injuries to his neck and lower back while installing ductwork, ultimately requiring surgery. His employer denied the claim, saying the employee was not hurt at work and in the alternative, if he was hurt at work, then he failed to report the injury in a timely manner. The case settled for $170,000.
Man Rendered Disabled Due to Eye Injury
Ricky Boren recently represented a gentleman who was moving a heavy object at work and noticed spots in his left eye. He was subsequently diagnosed as having a retinal detachment, which his treating physician indicated occurred at the time of the heavy lifting. The court ruled that the disability resulting from the plaintiff’s left eye injury and a prior detached retina in his right eye combined to render him totally and permanently disabled.
Asthma from Working Conditions
Ricky Boren represented a lady that developed asthma in the course and scope of her employment. The plaintiff’s treating physician diagnosed her as having occupational asthma due to exposure to aluminum and lead dust. The case was tried and the plaintiff was awarded permanent partial disability benefits based upon 30 percent to the body as a whole.
Fall Ends in Disability
Ricky Boren represented a gentleman that injured his shoulder at work when he fell 15 feet to the ground while working on some machinery. The case was tried and the court ruled that the disability resulting from this on the job injury when in conjunction with his pre-existing disabilities combined to render him totally and permanently disabled.
CNA Receives Worker's Compensation Settlement
James Krenis represented a client’s worker’s compensation trial in Jackson for a CNA who required surgery after she injured her back while lifting a patient. Judgment was for $55,000 and free future medical treatment for life related to the injury.
Injury Due to Heat in Factory
James Krenis represented a man in his 40s who passed out due to heat in a factory in Gibson County. Injures to his shoulder required complicated surgery. He received 50 percent disability to his entire body in a settlement.
Bilateral Carpal Tunnel & Shoulder Injuries
James Krenis settled a Carroll County bilateral carpal tunnel and shoulder injury involving repetitive factory work for 10 percent to the less severe, non-operated arm and 26 percent to the arm with additional shoulder problems.
Employee Suffers Knee Injury
Shannon L. Toon represented a client who injured her knee unloading a truck for her employer, Frito Lay, Inc. The knee required surgery and left her with a 40 percent vocational disability. She received a lump sum of $43,937.
Shoulder Injury Due to Heavy Lifting
Hill Boren represented a 40-year-old factory worker who sustained a lifting injury to his right shoulder. The injury occurred before July 1, 2004 and he is back at work after the injury so the 2.5 percent cap applies to his case. A negotiated settlement was reached based upon the average rating of the treating doctor and the evaluating doctor. This resulted in an award of $34,927 with open future medical care and the right to reopen the case remaining intact.
Knee Injury to Factory Worker
Hill Boren represented a 45-year-old factory worker who sustained a knee injury, consisting of a medial meniscal tear and a tibial fracture. The treating doctor rated her injury at 12 percent and the evaluating doctor rated the injury at 15 percent. The case settled for 40 percent permanent partial disability to the left leg with open future medical care.
Woman Suffers From Carpal Tunnel
Hill Boren represented a 36-year-old-lady who had developed gradually-occurring bilateral carpel tunnel syndrome from working in a factory environment performing repetitive work. She had surgery on one arm but declined to have surgery on the other arm. The case settled for 22.5 percent disability on one arm and 13 percent to the other arm. Under the terms of the settlement, future medical care remains open for 2 years with a $2,800 advancement to be used for future medical care.
Electrician Receives $34,000 in Settlement
Jeff Boyd recently represented an electrician who twisted his knee while working. He required extensive physical therapy but was able to return to work. This case settled for $34,000.
Knee Replacement from Work Injury
Jeff Boyd represented a driver who sustained a left knee injury operating the clutch of his truck. This truck driver required a knee replacement. During rehabilitation, however, his right knee was injured requiring another knee replacement on the other leg. This case went to trail and was settled for $131,145 and permanent disability for the truck driver.
Truck Driver Suffers Neck Injury
A truck driver injured his neck while opening a transfer trailer. He required surgery but was able to return to work. Jeff Boyd represented his claim and the truck driver was awarded $71,594 due to his accident.
Forklift Accident Results in Broken Leg
Jeff Boyd recently represented a factory worker who was struck by a forklift, breaking his leg. This individual returned to work after the injury with the same wage but no restrictions. A settlement of $39,930 was awarded to the worker due to his injury and lost wages.
Diabetic Man Suffers Back Injury
James Krenis won a trial in Lexington, Tennessee for a 62 year-old diabetic who injured his back on the job. As a result of this injury, he received permanent and total disability. Worker's compensation paid for 30% of the award due to his pre-existing diabetic condition.
Shannon Toon recently settled a case for $22,500. The client experienced pain and numbness in his right arm and hand associated with continuous typing on a computer and sitting at a low chair. He was treated and diagnosed with an injury to his neck radiating into his right arm.
In a worker's compensation case, a woman was working in construction when a pole slipped from the tongs of a digger and rolled over her. She sustained fractures of the right ribs and a fibula/tibia fracture of the leg. The company doctor found that she did not sustain any impairment. She was evaluated by plaintiff's counsel's doctor and was given impairment. At trial, the court found that the plaintiff had sustained an anatomical impairment of 15% to the body as a whole and awarded vocational disability of 40% to the body as a whole. The judgment totals $59,577, not including discretionary costs that the defendant will owe. The defendant is also responsible for lifetime medicals. Chris Taylor represented the client.
Carpal Tunnel Appeal Results in Benefits Paid
James Krenis was able to get the Worker's Compensation Appeals Panel to reverse a trial court that said his carpal tunnel client did not give proper notice. Following the appeal, the employer was required to pay compensation benefits to the client for her injury.
Carpal Tunnel Injury Results in Lump Sum
James Krenis represented a client who received over $100,000 for what started out to be carpal tunnel from repetitive work. She was initially denied. A Request for Assistance with the Department of Labor made the employer start paying for her medical treatment. A doctor found the problem had spread to her shoulder. Surgery revealed a problem that could not be repaired. The employer agreed to pay a lump sum of 400 weeks (100%) to the body because the client can no longer work with her arms.
Herniated Disc Injury Results in $69,876 Settlement
Jeff Boyd recently represented a client who injured her arm and shoulder at work. She went to the doctor and was advised that she had merely pulled a muscle. She continued to have pain and discovered she had a herniated disc in her neck. She underwent surgery and was unable to return to work for the same employer. The case was settled for $69,876.
Shoulder and Neck Injury Settlement
A client represented by Jeff Boyd sustained injury to the shoulder and neck while at work. The injury required surgery on her neck and shoulder. She was unable to return to work. The case settled for $69,876.
Injured Nurse Receives $35,940 for Neck Injury
A registered nurse sustained injury to her neck while lifting a patient. She was treated without surgery and returned to work making the same wages as prior to her injury. The case was settled for $35,940. Jeff Boyd represented the client.
Factory Worker Receives $76,480 Settlement
A 57 year-old factory worker gradually developed problems in her shoulder. The client reported the injury to her employer. The claim was denied by the insurance company. The injury ultimately required surgery on both shoulders. Jeff Boyd settled the case for $76,480 at mediation.
On-the-job Shoulder Injury Requires Surgery - Over $79,000 Awarded
Hill Boren represented a 46-year-old female who suffered an on-the-job injury to her left shoulder that required surgery. This case settled for $43,200 with future medical care. She went back to work and sustained a similar injury to her right shoulder. This case settled for $36,174 with future medical care.
Truck Driver Injured - $80,000 Awarded
Hill Boren represented a 54-year-old truck driver who sustained injury which required surgery to his right shoulder and arm. The case settled for $80,000 with lifetime medical care on the shoulder.
Existing Arthritis Aggravated By Work Duties; Surgery Required
Hill Boren settled a case on behalf of a client who developed pain in both knees. Arthroscopic surgery was performed. Employer contested compensability of both injuries because employee had preexisting arthritic conditions in her knees. However, treating doctor conceded that employee's work duties aggravated her knees and case settled for $38,000 with future medical care.
Bartender Falls Injuring Back - Settlement Reached
A 60 year-old bartender slipped on water and developed problems in her lower back. Treating doctor assigned no impairment rating and evaluating doctor assigned 5% impairment. Case settled for $12,193 with $1,000 for future medical care.
Back Injury Leads to Permanent Disability
The client hurt his back pulling a tandem pin on a tractor trailer while working. He had 3 prior back surgeries and the court found him 100% permanently disabled. The client was awarded $250,000.
Mechanic Injures Forearm - Awarded Over $20,000
A mechanic sustained an on the job injury to forearm. Surgery was required. Case settled for $18,000 with $5,000 for future medical care.
Rotator Cuff Tear Requires Surgery
Jeff Boyd settled worker's compensation case for $49,500 on behalf of a client who sustained a rotator cuff tear which required surgery. After rehabilitation of his shoulder, he returned to work for the same company making the same hourly wage as prior to his injury.
Dedicated Employee Suffers from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Hill Boren represented a 57-year-old female employee, who has worked for same employer for 30 years. She developed carpal tunnel syndrome in both arms from repetitive work she has performed over the years. Case was settled for $27,000 with lifetime future medical care
On-the-job Motorcycle Accident
Ricky Boren represented a client who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred while he was on the job. The client sustained a right shoulder injury and a displaced fracture of his right collarbone, a right open tibia and fibula fracture and a significant closed head injury. The case settled for 70% permanent impairment to the body as a whole at his benefit rate which equals to $162,680.
Truck Driver Injured by Fall; Unable to Return to Work
Jeff Boyd settled worker's compensation case for $90,000 on behalf of a truck driver who slipped and fell off the cab of the truck sustaining an injury to his right arm. After surgery, he had significant loss of grip strength and thus, he could not return to work as a driver.
Carpal Tunnel Settlement of $35,000 Awarded
Shannon Toon recently represented a 55 year-old male employee who developed carpal tunnel syndrome in both arms from the repetitive duties of his job. Although surgery reduced his pain, the client continues to have complaints of numbness as well as problems with grasping and gripping. His case was settled for $35,000 with for future medical care for any continued complaints associated with his injury.
Multiple Injuries Leads to Total Disablity
Jeff Boyd recently represented a client who sustained carpal tunnel syndrome in his left hand as a result of his employment as a janitor. Previously, he had sustained worker's compensation injuries in the form of amputation of 4 fingers on right hand in the 1970s; neck injury in 1980's; left wrist fracture in 1990's which resulted in combined worker's compensation settlements for 110% to the body as a whole. Case was taken to trial against employer and the State of Tennessee Second Injury Fund. Court found employee to be permanently and totally disabled as a result of the carpal tunnel syndrome when combined with the prior disabilities from previous accidents and awarded benefits to the plaintiff to age 65.
Back Injury Requires Surgery
Shannon Toon recently settled a worker's compensation claim on behalf of a 51 year-old truck driver for $52,830 with lifetime future medical treatment. While assisting in loading his truck, the client sustained an injury to his lower back requiring surgery. After surgery, he returned to work performing his regular duties.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Sufferer Awarded $27,000
James Krenis settled a worker's compensation case for $27,000 on behalf of a client who had carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of repetitive work. The client received a reduction in pay due to injury and inability to perform old job. After several successful hearings with the Department of Labor, the employer was ordered to provide medical treatment and to pay past-due temporary disability benefits.
Automobile Accident - $175,000 Awarded
A truck driver was injured in a truck accident when he was rear-ended by another tractor/trailer truck. He severely injured his back and had ruptured disc surgery and a fusion. His case was settled in the amount of $175,000. Ricky Boren represented the injured truck driver.
Car Wreck Results in $90,000 Settlement
Jeff Boyd settled car wreck against the State of Tennessee on behalf of the client who was broad sided by State employee in state owned vehicle. The accident caused head, neck and shoulder injuries. She had surgery on her shoulder. The case was settled for $90,000.
Steel Mill Worker Suffers from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Over $50,000 was recently awarded to a Hill Boren client who suffered from Carpal Tunnel syndrome which was caused by repetitive motions while working at a steel mill in Hardin County.
On-the-Job Truck Accident - $42,500 Awarded
A Hill Boren client was recently awarded $42,500 in worker's compensation due to injuries sustained from a truck accident, which occurred while the client was on the job.
On-the-Job Injuries Required Surgery
A Decatur County client was recently injured while working out of state. He fractured his neck and possibly tore the rotator cuff in his right shoulder. His injuries required some surgery. The client received over $115,000 in worker's compensation benefits in addition to his medical bills being paid and getting paid while he was under the care of the physician.
Furniture Delivery Man Killed In Auto Accident
Hill Boren represented the children of a father that was killed in an automobile accident. The father was delivering a table to a friend. He worked for a furniture store. The friend did not pay for the table. The insurance company denied the claim saying that the furniture store did not give the father permission to deliver the table. Hill Boren tried the case in Gibson County and obtained funeral expenses for the father and over $100,000 in worker's compensation benefits for the fathers' three children.
Unsafe Working Conditions Lead to Fall
Over $120,000 was recently awarded to a Hill Boren client as a result of a work related injury. The court ruled that the client was exposed to unsafe working conditions, which caused her to fall off a walk board while roofing a house. Her injury resulted in two neck surgeries and six months off of work.
Worker Injured While Lifting Heavy Equipment
A Hill Boren client from Madison County was recently awarded $115,000 in worker's compensation as well as permanent disability. This was a result of injuries incurred while lifting heavy equipment. This injury required two back surgeries including a fusion.
Back Strain Results in Total Permanent Disability
Jeff Boyd helped a client who strained his back on-the job. The back injury damaged an area of the back that had undergone back surgery from a prior worker's compensation claim and also damaged the shoulder, which had undergone surgery from a non-work injury. The new back injury resulted in permanent total disability. The court awarded permanent total disability benefits until the age 65 plus open lifetime medical treatment.
Employee Suffers Back Strain At Work
Chris Taylor settled a worker's compensation case for an operations technician involved in heavy labor, who had a history of back problems. The employee suffered a back strain on-the-job and was treated by a physician but was released from care with no impairment. The case settled for $110,913.
Steel Mill Employee Suffers Back and Neck Injuries
In Hardin County, an employee of a local steel mill injured his neck and back while pushing pipe. While getting treatment for his injury, the doctors discovered carpal tunnel syndrome. He had surgery on his right arm and is now back at work. The judge awarded the injured worker over $88,500 in worker's compensation benefits.
Worker's Compensation Case Settled for $63,297
Jeffrey P. Boyd settled a worker's compensation case involving a 33-year-old employee of a large company. She sustained serious neck and right shoulder injuries resulting in major surgeries. Case settled for $63,297.
Co-Worker's Injured by Drunk Driver
Ricky L. Boren represented a surveyor who suffered pelvic, ankle and foot injuries in an accident resulting in surgery and permanent impairment. The client and a co-worker were traveling in a vehicle struck by a drunk driver. This claim was brought under his employer's uninsured motorist policy. There was a set-off for the worker's compensation benefits he had previously received in the amount of approximately $225,000. A settlement was reached for an additional $635.000.
Man Injured By Out of Control Truck
Mr. Boren represented a traveling insurance salesman who was injured when a municipal truck was left parked in neutral and rolled downhill into his vehicle. His resulting chronic back pain was permanent, making it difficult for the client to hold a job that involved long driving and getting in and out of his car multiple times per day. The Circuit Judge tried this case under the Governmental Tort Liability Act and awarded a judgment of $73,500.
Work Related Auto-Accident Causes Injuries - $675,000
The client injured in a work-related auto accident. The crash victim, on his way home to get eye glasses needed for work, was injured when an uninsured motorist ran a stop sign, striking the client's vehicle, knocking him off the roadway and into a tree. The victim, who broke both legs and an arm, was confined to bed and a wheelchair for six weeks. In the settlement, the victim received $175,000 in worker's compensation and his uninsured motorist insurance policy paid an additional $500,000.
Worker Injured Lifting Heavy Materials - $95,555
Hill Boren recently settled a worker's compensation case for a client strained his back while moving boxes, which aggravated pre-existing, back problems. The settlement was for $95,555 for permanent total disability and future medical care. Benefits are payable until the injured worker turns 65 years old.
Package Delivery Results in Carpel Tunnel Syndrome - $54,018
Chris Taylor, in a worker's compensation case, represented a parcel service delivery employee, who had surgery for carpel tunnel syndrome the case settled for $54,018.
Worker Injures Back, Requires Surgery - $42,500
Chris Taylor represented an assembly employee who injured his back in the course of his employment and required surgery. The employee was returned to work without restrictions. The case was settled for $42,500.
Police Officer Hurt in Fall While Chasing a Suspect - $56,400
Hill Boren represented a police officer who was injured in a fall while apprehending a fleeing suspect. The officer had to have shoulder surgery. This worker's compensation case settled for 45% disability which equals an award of $56,400, with future medical care.
Worker's Compensation Case Settled for New Employee -$75,000
Chris Taylor, in a worker's compensation case, represented a newly hired over-the-road-truck driver. After about a week on the job, the employee developed neck pain and was diagnosed with degenerative arthritis. The employer denied responsibility for the claim but the case settled for $75,000.
Case Settled for Employee Who Fell at Work - $70,000
Chris Taylor settled a worker's compensation case for a construction worker who took a fall at work. Employer denied responsibility because co-worker's challenged that the fall had occurred. The case settled for $70,000.
Assembly Line Worker Hurts Shoulder at Work - $101,000
Jeff Boyd represented a client in a worker's compensation case where the client sustained injury to her shoulders while working on an assembly line, requiring surgery and daily pain medications for post surgical pain syndrome. The award was for $101,000.
Truck Driver Loses Profession Due to On-the-Job Back Injury - $135,000
Jeff Boyd represented a worker's compensation case for a client who injured his back while removing chains from a load on a truck and is unable to return to truck driving as a result of his injuries and treatment. The award was for $135,000.
Back Strain Results in Total Permanent Disability - $241,020 Settlement
Jeff Boyd helped a client who strained his back on-the-job. The injury damaged an area of the back that had undergone back surgery from a prior worker's compensation injury and also damaged the shoulder, which had undergone surgery from a non-work injury. The new back injury resulted in permanent total disability. The court awarded permanent total disability benefits until the age 65 which equals $241,020 in benefits plus open lifetime medical treatment.
Carpel Tunnel Victim Receives Favorable Verdict - $40,000
James Krenis recently settled a carpal tunnel case where an employer refused to follow the worker's compensation law for an extended period of time in regard to this client and treated the employee in an extremely poor manner. The abused employee suffered from painful carpal tunnel syndrome in one arm. The case settled for $40,000.
Falling in a Hole at Work Results in Settlement for Client - $56,200
Jeff Boyd received a favorable settlement for a client who sustained a back strain after falling into a hole at work. While the client suffered pain, no surgery was needed and the treating physician did not make any permanent restrictions on activity. At an independent medical examination, a doctor gave only a 5% percent permanent impairment and also no restrictions. The case settled for 25% with open medicals which equals $56,200.
Worker Injured Inside Machine When Employee Turns It On - Additional $20,000
James Krenis recently helped an injured worker "reopen" a worker's compensation case. A female textile worker at a production facility entered a textile machine to fix a jam in the machine. While she was inside the machine, another employee did not realize she was there and turned on the machine resulting in serious injury. The original case had been settled but it could be reopened because the first award was for injuries to the body and was "capped," and because the injured worker went back to work at the same or greater rate of pay, in the same or similar job. But, when the injured worker lost the job, within 400 weeks due to layoff/shutdown, the worker was entitled to have the case reopened to try to get an additional settlement. The reopened case settled for an additional $20,000.
Delivery Driver Injures Shoulder - $78,680
Jeff Boyd's client, a delivery truck driver, sustained a rotator cuff and shoulder injury while unloading products from the back of a tractor trailer. Although he was able to return to work making the same wage and working the same job as prior to the injury, a settlement was awarded for vocational disability. This takes into consideration the client's ability to find another job in his disabled condition, if he lost this job for some reason, based on his age, education and transferable job skills. His case was capped per statute and he received the maximum award of $78,680. In addition, he received open future medicals so that the employer's worker's compensation insurance will pay for any future medical expenses associated with the current injury. The client has the right to reopen his case for more money should he lose his job within 400 weeks of the settlement.
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Hill Boren Client - $31,405
The Tennessee Supreme Court recently declared a 72-year-old employee of Wal-Mart in Bolivar permanently disabled as a result of a work related injury. While at work, the client fell over pallets left on the floor by a negligent employee. She fractured her shoulder in four places.
In February 1999, the trial court awarded her permanent partial disability benefits. The Supreme Court however overturned that ruling and declared her permanently disabled entitling her to full disablity benefits.
Ruptured Disk Results in $33,057 Settlement
A client suffered a ruptured disk while working at his job in Dyer County. This injury required extensive surgery. The case was settled for $33,057 plus all present and future related medical expenses.
Allergic Reation Results in $55,000 Plus Related Medical
A Hill Boren client suffered from a skin condition resulted from an allergic reaction from his environment at work. The state contested his worker's compensation claim. The court ruled in favor of the client and awarded him $55,000 plus all present and future related medical expenses. Mr. Taylor represented the Hill Boren client.
Gas Line Explosion Results in $528,000 Settlement
Two road construction worker's in Henderson, Tennessee were injured when a gas line exploded. As a result, each individual received $264,000 in addition to moneys received from their worker's compensation benefits.
Neck Injury Results in $108,000 Settlement
A client suffered a neck injury while working in a Jackson, Tennessee factory. The injury required surgery. A settlement was reached of $108,000. Mr. Taylor represented the client.
Arm Injury - $32,689 Settlement
A twenty-five year-old employee was drilling at work when he cut his index finger. Subsequently, the client developed Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). The case was settled for $32,689. Mr. Taylor represented the Hill Boren client.
Leg Injury Results in $48,038 Settlement
A forty-four year old employee was injured in an automobile accident while in the course and scope of his employment. As a result, the employee suffered a fractured femur. The case was settled for $48,038. Mr. Taylor represented the Hill Boren client.
Scalded by Steam - $1.8 Million Settlement
34 year old male employed by TVA is scalded by steam -- suffers 2nd -- 3rd degree burns over his backside. After undergoing "routine" graft surgery, he suffers hypovolemic shock and experiences significant brain damage. He will never be able to return to work and has significant cognitive impairments. Case settled for $1.8 million including a lifetime-structured payout for his wife and minor child.
Knee Injury - $61,905 Judgment
Thirty-four year female employee fell when she was coming up some steps. Surgery was performed to repair a torn ACL. The claim was denied by the employer as being noncompensable. At trial, the court rendered a $61,905 judgment. Mr. Taylor represented the injured employee.
Back Injury - 8% Permanant Impairment
Forty-seven year old woman injured her back at work. Injury required surgery. Treating doctor opined that she sustained 8% anatomical impairment. Worker's compensation settlement for 32% permanent partial disability, which came to a total of $45,000.
Back Injury - $35,000 Settlement
Thirty-eight year old woman sustained a back injury while at work. Employer contested claim stating that she did not give notice of her injury in the time required under the law. Employer paid no benefits and did not provide medical treatment. Parties reached compromise settlement prior to trial for lump sum of $35,000, which included unpaid medical bills and outstanding temporary benefits.
Truck Driver Rear-Ended - Total Settlement of $250,000
A 56-year-old female truck driver was working with her husband as an over the road team. While in Jasper, Alabama, they were struck in the rear by a dump truck carrying several tons of sand. A lawsuit was filed in Tennessee for worker's compensation benefit. As a result of the collision, the plaintiff suffered a ruptured disk in her neck, and a torn rotator cuff in her shoulder. Additionally, a claim was brought in U. S. District Court in Atlanta against the operator of the dump truck and the trucking company that employed him. A settlement was reached with the worker's compensation carrier. The worker's compensation carrier paid approximately $50,000 in worker's compensation permanent partial disability benefits in addition to all medical expenses and temporary benefits for time off due to neck surgery. After the worker's compensation case was resolved, the case against the trucking company was pursued. At mediation, the case was settled for the sum of $200,000. The plaintiff and her husband have returned to team truck driving for the same employer. Local counsel in Alabama assisted with the Alabama claim in U.S. District Court.
Falling Injury - Receives Worker's Compensation Until He Turns 65
A 44-year-old gentleman who lived in Florida was traveling through Tennessee. His vehicle broke down and he did not have funds to repair it. He went to work painting. While painting he fell from scaffolding. He severely broke his ankle. He was treated in Tennessee for the fracture, but eventually returned to Florida. While recovering from his fracture, he developed a nerve disorder called reflex sympathetic dystrophy ("RSD"). The RSD spread through out his body and caused him to be confined to a wheelchair. He had previous worker's compensation awards for a knee injury and two separate back injuries. Under Tennessee Law a claim was filed against the employer and the State of Tennessee Department of Labor Second Injury Fund. No offers to settle the case were made. After trial, the plaintiff received an award of $240.01 per week for the rest of his life from the Second Injury Fund. The total award exceeds $270,000. The Court further ordered the employer to pay for plaintiff's medical care for fracture and the RSD for the remainder of his life. The plaintiff now lives in Virginia.
Fall At Work - $38,000 Settlement
Plaintiff was 60-year-old employee of County. Plaintiff fell at work and suffered a broken arm, injured shoulder, and broken ankle. A settlement was reached for $36,000 plus future medicals. Plaintiff worked as a welder and injured his back in a fall at work. Plaintiff had suffered prior back injury but had not had surgery. As a result of plaintiff's injury he required back surgery, which resulted in 8% permanent disability. Settlement for $38,000 plus medicals. Plaintiff was able to return to work.
Carpal Tunnel - $63,439 Judgment
Plaintiff, a registered nurse, developed bi-lateral carpal tunnel syndrome and over use syndrome, but did not miss time from work. She was terminated after her second doctor visit. A diminimus offer was made by the defendant prior to trial. The case was tried resulting in an award of 35 to each upper extremity or $63,439. The defendant appealed the decision and the trial judge's decision was affirmed on appeal.
Carpal Tunnel - $74,487 Judgment
Plaintiff, a 26-year-old female, developed bi-lateral carpal tunnel syndrome working in a design shop. The case was tried resulting in an award of 55 permanent partial disability to plaintiff's right upper extremity and 30 permanent partial disability to her left upper extremity for a total of $74,487.
Injured Back - $76,125 Judgment
Plaintiff, a 53-year-old carpet layer, injured his low back lifting a roll of carpet. Plaintiff was given a 7 anatomical impairment rating but he was not able to return to work. The defendant made a diminimus offer prior to trial. The trial judge awarded plaintiff 42 to the body as a whole or $76,125. The defendant did not appeal.
Leg, Neck, Shoulder Injury - $152,514 Judgment
Plaintiff, a 59 year-old foreman, sustained severe injuries when a ditch caved in on him. He sustained injuries to both legs and to his neck and shoulder. The case was tried and the trial judge found the plaintiff to be permanently and totally disabled resulting in a judgment of permanent and total disability to age 65 of $152,514. The defendant did not appeal.
Shoulder Injury - $80,000 Settlement
Plaintiff sustained an injury to his shoulder when he was hit head on by the defendant who was going the wrong way on a one-way street. Plaintiff was given a small impairment rating from his doctor, but did not miss any time from work. A settlement of $80,000 was obtained for the plaintiff.
Hip Injury - $259,075 Judgment
Plaintiff, a 43-year-old convenient store clerk, injured her hip while lifting. The case was tried and an award of permanent disability to age 65 was obtained. The judgment was for 1,153 weeks which when paid out would be the equivalent of $259,075.
Construction Injury - $135,000 Settlement
A 43-year-old male was injured in a construction site accident when a piece of steel fell on his legs. A settlement of $135,000 was obtained for the plaintiff.
Exposure to Fumes - $73,000 Settlement
Client was on a tour bus in Florida after a short cruise when she was overcome by fumes from the lavatory. After being treated at a hospital in Florida she continued to have the same symptoms of shortness of breath and passing out after exposure to cleaners, diesel fumes, etc. After one such episode she awoke with shoulder pain and eventually had to have surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff caused by falls when she fainted. Suit was filed against the bus company for failure to properly clean and maintain the lavatory. The case settled at mediation for $73,000.
Exposure to AG Chemicals - 80% Permanent Disability Judgment
A worker for an agricultural supply company developed dermatitis from exposure to agricultural chemicals. A staff infection was able to enter into his blood steam through the open wounds on his hands and took up residence on the valve of his heart causing him to have to have a heart valve transplant. The insurance company refused to pay for the heart related conditions under worker's compensation. Suit was filed on behalf of the injured employee and the insurance company ultimately accepted responsibility for his heart condition. The case was tried on the degree of disability in the Circuit Court of Henry County, Tennessee and the employee was awarded 80 permanent partial disability to the body as a whole. Represented by Ricky Boren.
Heart Attack Caused by Work Stress - Presently on Appeal
A truck driver was coming back from making a delivery in Wisconsin and ran off the road in Kentucky where he was diagnosed as having sustained a heart attack. The plaintiff's expert testified that his heart attack was caused or contributed to by the stress of driving a truck and noted that medical literature shows that truck driving in and of itself can cause arrhythmias in the heart. The defense cardiologist testified that the job would have had nothing to do with the heart attack. The Obion County Circuit Court awarded benefits for the death of the employee and the case is presently on appeal.
Second Injury Fund Case - Benefits Awarded
A 54-year-old female factory worker had a long history of arthritic problems in her neck and back. She subsequently developed bi-lateral carpal tunnel syndrome, which combined with her prior problems to render her total unable to work. Suit was brought against her and the 2nd injury fund of the State of Tennessee. The trial judge ruled that the combination of her problems had rendered her totally and permanently disabled and awarded her benefits until she turned 65 years of age. Represented by Ricky Boren.
Knee Injury - 60% Permanent Disability Awarded
A truck driver from Kentucky injured his knee in Tennessee while driving for a Wisconsin trucking firm. They attempted to pay him under Wisconsin Worker's Compensation Law, which is far less favorable than Tennessee's. Since His accident occurred in the State of Tennessee, suit was brought on his behalf in Tennessee and settlement was reached for 60 permanent disability to the leg based upon his torn anterior cruciate ligament. Represented by Ricky Boren.
Head Injury/Stroke - Permanenet Disability Awarded
An employee was working for a car lot driving a repair truck. He straightened up and struck his head underneath the trailer hitch while hooking up a vehicle. He developed severe headaches and had an aneurysm 10 days later which rendered him totally and permanently disabled. The Head of Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University was obtained as an expert and testified that the man's stroke was precipitated by the blow he took on the head 10 days previously. The Chancery Court of Obion County, Tennessee awarded the employee total and permanent disability. Represented by Ricky Boren.
Exposure to Chemicals - $120,000 Settlement
A 60-year-old employee at a local chemical plant was exposed to numerous chemicals in the course of his employment. He developed a disabling lung condition known as sarcoidosis, which his employer denied, was due to his job. The medical evaluation was obtained by the Head of Occupational Medicine at the University of Cincinnati who determined that the employee had an antibody in his system that would not be obtained in a normal course of living which he felt was causing the man's problem. His opinion was bolstered by the fact that another client of the firm from the same employer was sent for evaluation and also had the same antibody. With the benefit of this testimony, settlement was reached under the worker's compensation act for the payment of $120,000, which represented medical expenses, and close to 100 disability for the injured employee. Represented by Ricky Boren.
Asbestos Exposure - $700,000
A 62 year-old salesman, now deceased, developed mesotheliorna, a rare form of lung cancer. His disease was traced back to an exposure to asbestos more than 30 years earlier when he worked in the construction trades in South Carolina. Suit is currently pending in Charleston, South Carolina, against several asbestos product manufacturers. So far settlements totaling more than $700,000 have been reached with about half of the companies sued.
Exposure to Welder Fumes - $420,000 Settlement
A 42 year-old welder began work on a new project in Jackson. Five weeks later he became ill and was hospitalized with severe breathing problems. Doctors initially diagnosed his problem as smoking related. Hill Boren had the client evaluated by a lung specialist who diagnosed a rare disease of the small airways in the lungs, which could only have been due to welding fumes. Client's employer blamed his illness on smoking and denied that he was even their employee. Just prior to trial the case settled with the employer's insurance company agreeing to pay permanent total disability benefits of $420,000 plus past and future medical care, which was already over $100,000. Unfortunately the client died less then six months later while waiting for a lung transplant.
Head Injury - $69,000 Settlement
Client, in her 30's, struck her head on a rack at work resulting in a neck injury. The employer first accepted the claim until a dentist diagnosed tmj - dysfunction of the jaw. It then refused to allow any medical care, including for the neck injury. Surgery was eventually required for a ruptured disc in the client's neck, and extensive treatment was necessary for the tmj syndrome. On the day of trial the case settled for $69,000 in disability benefits, with over $35,000 already recovered for past medical and temporary disability benefits.
Arm Fracture - $62,000 Settlement
A forty-two year old lineman for a cable company suffered a fracture of his left arm when the tongue of a trailer crushed it. Surgery and a long period of recovery were necessary to regain strength and motion in his arm. Although he was able to return to work, he could no longer climb telephone poles. His employer voluntarily paid all medical and temporary disability benefits. The case settled at a department of labor mediation for 67 disability to the arm, which equaled $62,000 in additional benefits.
Back Injury Worker Over Age 60 - Maximum Award Allowed by Statute
A sixty-seven year old assembly line worker was struck by a co-worker's automobile as she walked to her car in her employer's parking lot. The accident aggravated a preexisting degenerative condition in the employee's back, necessitating a decompression of the nerve root and a spinal fusion. The employee was not able to return to her former employment and retired. Verdict: $44,200 and lifetime medical treatment with authorized physicians, which was the maximum award possible given the employee's age and benefit rate.
Hand Injury - Positive Alcohol Test - 100% Disability to Arm
A thirty-five year old machine operator received severe cuts to three fingers and partial amputation of another finger when his hand was caught in a dye cast machine. His employer denied his claim for worker's compensation benefits because of a positive alcohol test performed after the accident. Settlement: $79,186, which included 100 disability to the arm, payment of past medical expenses, and payment for lost time from work due to the accident. Future medical benefits were left open with the treating physician.
Knee Injury Suffered by State Employee - $54,896 Awarded
75 disability to leg, 15 disability to arm Fifty-four year-old mental health care worker injured her knee and wrist during attack by a patient. Her doctor recommended surgery on the knee, but she was unable to have it because of non-work related health problems. Settlement: $54,896 plus five years of future medical expenses.
Lifting Incident - Aggravation of Pre-Existing Condition - 57.5% Disability
Following lifting incident at work, a forty-eight year-old cook developed an abdominal fistula, which resulted in surgery to insert nephrostomy tubes into her kidneys. The worker had extensive history of pre-existing medical conditions including ovarian cancer and renal problems. Settlement: the employer agreed to pay the employee $46,244 and reimburse her private health insurer for medical expenses it had paid out on her behalf.
Posttramatic Stress Disorder - $102,000 Settlement
A 47-year-old truck driver came upon a truck wreck where toxic fumes were spilling. He was overcome by the fumes and could not breath and had to be rushed by ambulance to the nearest hospital. He recovered from his physical lung injuries. He was later diagnosed by a treating psychiatrist with posttraumatic stress disorder. This was due to the shock of not being able to breath. The day of trial this case was settled for $102,000.
Neck Surgery - $95,000 Settlement
A 49-year-old woman sustained a neck injury while working in production in a local factory. Her injury resulted in disc surgery. She had a 31 permanent partial impairment from an evaluating physician because of this injury. The plant then shutdown. Pre trial this case was settled for $95,000.
Overuse Injury - $68,039 Settlement
A 67-year-old factory worker from West Tennessee had to have four different surgeries on his elbows and wrists due to repetitive use on the line at the factory. He retired after this injury and settled his worker's compensation lawsuit for $68,039.
Shoulder Surgery - $90,000 Settlement
A 47-year-old factory worker injured her shoulder and had to have surgery. She was given a 5 upper extremity impairment by the treating physician and 18 upper extremity by the evaluating physician. This case was settled pre trial for $90,000.
Auto Accident - $68,347 Settlement
District supervisor injured in automobile accident while on job. A 62 yea- old man who was a district supervisor for a building company was injured traveling between jobs in an automobile accident. This accident resulted in the worker having shoulder surgery. This case was settled pretrial for $68,347.
Back Surgery Case - $58,753 Settlement
A 62 year-old gentleman working in Memphis picked up a battery and ruptured a disc in his back, which resulted in a back surgery. He received a 10 permanent partial disability from the treating physician and a 24 permanent partial disability from the evaluating physician. The worker returned to work. This case was settled pre trial for $58,753.
Crush Injuries - $1.5 Million Jury Verdict - Largest Madison County Verdict
Electrician's helper crushed by overhead crane on construction site when construction company employee activated movement of crane without checking for other worker's in the immediate area. Client received crush injuries to pelvis requiring two weeks of hospitalization and lengthy rehabilitation. $102,000 worker's compensation settlement with Hartford, the general contractor's insurance carrier. Lawsuit against the third-party engineering company and its employee for negligent crane operation. Jury verdict for the client of $1,500,000, reduced 16% for plaintiff's negligence and 16% for his employer's negligence. Verdict was not appealed. Judgment was paid by engineering company and its insurance company. Mr. Hill of Hill Boren represented the plaintiff worker. Largest jury verdict in history of Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee.
Hand Injury - $38,000 Settlement
Client got his hand caught in a machine at a sawmill. Surgery was performed. Lost two fingers and some loss of movement in right hand. $38,000 lump sum settlement. Client also filed a Social Security claim. His disability was approved and he will draw Social Security for the rest of his life. He is fifty years old. Mr. Wells of Hill Boren represented the plaintiff.
Carpel Tunnel - $40,000 Award - Paris, TN
Thirty-eight year old female, production line worker, began having numbness in her hands and arms. She was diagnosed with carpel tunnel syndrome. Surgery was performed. Employer offered $12,000 to settle her case. $35,000 award by Judge in Henry County. Client received $40,000 after employer had to pay interest on original judgment.
Chemical Exposure Causes Asthma - $500,000 Settlement
A worker at Memphis Specialty Chemical Company was processing a chemical for Union Carbide Corporation. When Union Carbide advised the worker's employer about the nature of the chemical, they left out the page containing the warning that the chemical would cause asthma and that breathing protection should be worn. By the time the warning was received, the employee was already having breathing problems and ultimately developed crippling asthma. A settlement was reached in Federal Court during the fourth day of trial for the payment of $500,000. Mr. Boren of Hill Boren represented the plaintiff.
Jones Act - Barge Worker Receives $700,000 Settlement
A barge worker was injured when he slipped and fell while washing the cabin of the engine room. Suit was brought under the Jones Act against his employer for negligence. The employee sustained a badly broken leg which failed to heal properly rendering the employee totally disabled for manual labor-type employment. Settlement was reached on the morning of trial for $700,000. Mr. Boren and Mr. Hill of Hill Boren represented the employee.
Back Injury Causes 100% Permanent Impairment - Permanently Disabled Worker Recieves $100,000 Award in Lauderdale County
Fifty-seven year old man injured his back at work. Injury required surgery. Three previous unrelated back surgeries. Court found him 100% disabled and awarded $101,807 plus lifetime medical treatment.
Construction Site Accident Causes Leg Injury - $500,000 Lump Sum Settlement
Fifty year-old man injured when trench he was working in collapsed, injuring his leg. Collapse caused by negligence of contractor. $100,000 in medical bills paid by worker's compensation insurance. Worker received $100,000 from worker's compensation and settled personal injury claim for $500,000 before trial.