Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 21, 2011
Boston workers' compensation lawyer John J. Sheehan at the Law Office of John J. Sheehan has obtained a settlement on behalf of a client in a workers' compensation case. Mr. Sheehan represented a client in Massachusetts (DIA No. 003432-07), and an Administrative Judge at the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents approved the settlement for $275,000.00.
In February 2007, the employee was working as a service director for a local car dealership. The employee had just entered the dealership showroom from the outside. Due to winter conditions, his shoes were wet from snow or ice. As he entered the showroom, his wet shoes caused him to slip on the marble floor. The employee landed on his left leg causing fractures to his femur, patella and ankle.
The employee underwent surgery to repair the fractured femur, patella and ankle. A year later, the employee had to undergo another surgery to repair the femur fracture. The employee never fully recovered and was unable to return to his full time, pre-injury work activities.
After the employee's job unexpectedly ended shortly before Christmas 2009, Attorney Sheehan filed a workers' compensation claim and obtained a DIA Conference Order, paying the employee ongoing temporary total incapacity benefits retroactive to the last date of employment
The Insurer appealed the Conference Order, and the employee was examined by an impartial physician selected by the DIA. The impartial physician reported that the employee had sustained permanent injuries to his left lower extremity and aggravation of pre-existing osteoarthritis of the left knee. The impartial physician also reported that the employee developed right shoulder impingement syndrome as a result of his repetitive use of a cane.
Following a hard fought battle with the insurer about the extent of the employee's disability, incapacity to work and the causal relationship of the left knee osteoarthritis to the work injury, Attorney Sheehan was able to negotiate a settlement of $275,000.00, which paid the employee over five years of permanent and total benefits. Inclusive in the settlement was an allocation to the employee's spouse in consideration for her release of her inchoate rights under the Massachusetts workers' compensation statute.
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