$515,000 for a neck injury after a car salesman’s motor vehicle accident
Michael Moebes: I worked with a client who was a car salesman, and he actually ended up being in a crash as he was giving a test drive to a potential customer. Here in Atlanta, car wrecks are a pretty common occurrence, but for it to happen while you’re giving a test drive is probably one of the most unpleasant experiences you can have as a salesman!
The salesman was riding shotgun and ended up getting injured pretty badly in the wreck, so he actually had a personal injury case against the other driver. Unfortunately, the other driver didn’t have a ton of insurance so that really didn’t produce much fruit. But his workers’ comp case was accepted, and I took the case on because I really liked the man and thought I could help him, but I didn’t think it was going to be that big of a case since he was continuing to work, and he said his neck and shoulder were bothering him, but he thought he’d be okay.
What I see a lot is that clients will be okay for a few days and then it may be later that things get bad. Maybe the impact caused herniation in their cervical spine or even another area of their spine, and it just takes a while for the pain to get really bad. And men–especially those who like their jobs–they don’t want to sort of rock the boat. They don’t want to report an injury or have to go out of work or have to go see a doctor.
So, this guy was a good bit older than me, but was a really tough guy, and had been doing this for a while and, like I said, he reported the injury but he just treated–did some physical therapy–but was trying to be very conservative and keep working. Well, eventually it got to a point where the pain got unbearable, and he had some nerve tests and workers’ comp was fighting it and trying to say his problems weren’t related or that they weren’t going to provide much treatment.
But, we were able to get him to some really good doctors who acted as his advocate and said, look, no, this man needs surgery and it’s a result of this wreck and even though several months had passed there was no other intervening incident so there’s really no other explanation for his problems but this car wreck. He ended up having to have a cervical fusion to his neck and also a shoulder surgery, so it ended up being a big case after we were able to get him all the medical treatment needed. Unfortunately, his condition did get to the point where he could no longer work due to the injuries.
However, with the surgery he was able to get to the point where he could kind of have some mobility and do some stuff, but he wasn’t going to return back to a job, plus he was kind of scared to do a job where he could get in another bad car wreck. So, he ended up deciding to settle his case and close it out but ended up, it was more than half a million dollars which for a workers’ comp case is really big.
$300,000 + 6 months of open medical care for a severe knee injury
Michael Moebes: I had a client who was a middle-aged lady. She hurt her knee badly, because she worked for a tax collecting entity up in one of the northern suburb counties, and we had some bad snow and ice. This was a couple winters ago and most of Atlanta shut down (as happens all over the South when there’s snow and ice, because we don’t have the equipment to clear the roads).
Despite the conditions, her boss said “you’ve got to come to work anyway.” So she did, but as she got out of the car and was walking across the parking lot, she slipped and fell badly on the ice just outside her workplace. She went and had surgery, and the doctor they sent her to was not a very good doctor, frankly, or maybe he was a good doctor and just screwed up badly, but in any event, her knee did not get any better; in fact, it got worse. And then she came to me, and I was able to help her get with a new doctor.
If I remember correctly, it was with Emory Medical Center, which has good physicians, and she had another surgery and–she actually needed two more surgeries to her knee—so she had three total surgeries. After that, it finally got to a point where she could ambulate and get around, so she was able to work light duty for a while. After this, however, she ended up getting fired her over some unsubstantiated accusation.
When she got fired, we were able to get her workers’ comp benefits started up, and that was the one where a couple of times we were on the eve of going to court and they would offer a little bit of money or some kind of concession. Then we wouldn’t go forward. Finally, they offered enough money where we felt like she could go on with her life and continue to treat and rehabilitate the knee but not have to deal with fighting workers’ comp for any kind of medical procedures or benefits.
It was very rewarding to help her, but it was a hard fought case where I took a lot of depositions of the employer—of all her former colleagues—about the circumstances of her getting fired while she was on light duty. Getting her the right medical care, getting her to the better knee doctor, etc. — all of that was through the workers’ comp carrier that paid for the medical care. So she was happy and was able to turn it into improving her life and improving her education.
It’s very rewarding to try to be in a position where people come to you when they’re at possibly their greatest–or one of their greatest—low points in their lives. Being able to help them crawl out of that and, hopefully, eventually get to a point where they can see some benefit from the changes that had to take place as a result. That’s probably the most enjoyable part of doing this, I think.
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