$350,000Workers' Compensation for Traumatic Brain Injury
J.P. had been a hard worker all his life. He had worked at his employer for over 26 years, rarely missing a day. However, it only took one day for his life to change when a compressed coil spring got loose and struck him in the head, causing to fall and injure his back as well. J.P. suffered both a traumatic brain injury and traumatic back injury requiring several surgeries.
J.P. and his wife, uncertain what to do, contact KILC for help and guidance. KILC was able to guide J.P. to the best possible doctors for his case and made sure the insurance company paid for all medical treatment. KILC also made sure that J.P. did not miss any TTD income benefits while he recovered from his injuries over a two-year period. Since J.P. would not be able to return to any work following his injury, KILC secured a $350,000.00 settlement from the insurance company on top of the all the income and medical benefits it already paid, so that J.P. would be taken care of.
$150,000Shoulder Injury Settlement
A.M. was an employee of a government agency in Louisville. He injured his shoulder at work and was not sure what the next steps were to take as he did not think he could return to his old job.
A.M. contacted KILC and spoke with one of experienced attorney’s, who quickly saw that A.M. was entitled to a substantial award for the work injury. Working with A.M.’s surgeon, KILC was able to secure permanent restrictions that increased A.M.’s settlement from $50,000.00 to $150,000.00.
$150,000Workers' Compensation for a Police Officer
Our client was a 30 year veteran for law enforcement officer whose career ended after a tragic shooting.
The officer had worked his way up the chain of command, starting as a patrol officer and ending as a Lieutenant.
On the date in question, our client arrived to work expecting a run-of-the-mill day. Normal patrol work. That quickly changed when he received a distress call from the Chief of Police that the Chief was being attacked by a suspect. Our client’s training kicked in and he raced to the aid of his Chief, who was being attacked by a man wielding a pole with a knife attached to it.
Our client was the first officer to arrive on the scene. The suspect initially tried to flee the scene but then raised his sights on our client. The man started wildly swinging the pole, threatening the officer. Our client pleaded with the man to put down the weapon; however, the man did not and began charging.
Unfortunately, our client had no choice but to fire his weapon in self-defense. The first shot did not stop the man’s advancement, and he fired a second shot that finally brought the man to the ground. Our client immediately called for EMS responders and began performing first aid, but the man would succumb to the gunshots.
The shooting had a tremendous impact on our client, as he had talked to the suspect many times over the past months. While the man had a criminal history with drugs, he had never shown the violence he exhibited on the day of the shooting. Our client would fall into a depression and struggle physically and mentally after the shooting.
30 years on the force, seeing death in its many forms, this was the first time that our client was the cause of it. Buck would eventually medically retire after the shooting.
However, his battle had just begun. The workers’ compensation insurance carrier did not believe that our client had suffered a significant injury. The insurance company was only willing to pay him $25,000.00 as compensation for the health issues that plagued the client following the shooting. Our client no longer had a career and was now struggling at home with depression and PTSD. Our client and his family sought help for us.
We drove out to meet them to fully understand what they were going through. After agreeing to represent our client, we had a mental health professional who was able to provide crucial evidence to show the severity of his PTSD and depression. Throughout the process, the insurance company continued to only offer a low offer to settle the claim.
After a discussion with the client, we made the decision to take the case before an administrative law judge (“ALJ”), who is the final arbiter in the workers’ compensation claim. The ALJ agreed with our evidence and arguments, awarding Buck over $150,000.00 in income benefits for his injuries due to the shooting.
The award tremendously helped the client and his family financially as, unfortunately, this career officer has not been able to return to work since the shooting. The award also helped our client in coping with the shooting as it ensured that he will continue to get the necessary medical treatment and services for the duration of his life.
Our office was proud to be part of this claim and securing needed benefits for a career law enforcement officer which allowed him to fix what could be fixed and help what could be helped.
It was a pleasure getting to know the client and his family throughout the process and to be able to fight against an insurance company that completely undervalued the severity of his injuries.
While this client received a large monetary award, we strive to treat each client like we did with this client and his family.
While we handle 100’s of claims a year, we understand that this is your only claim and we make sure that you get the attention, dedication and service that we gave to this family.
$150,000Accident in Company Truck Settlement
J.W. had worked as a truck driver for over 10 years when he was involved in an accident while driving. J.W. thought he would be ok and did not seek immediate attention; however, that turned out not to be the case. He sought medical treatment and even though the insurance carrier paid for some of the medical treatment, it quickly paid its own doctor to state all of J.W.’s symptoms were not related to the accident.
J.W. initially had another attorney handling the case, but when that attorney would respond to J.W.’s calls, he quickly found a new firm to take over his case. KILC took over the case and quickly proceeded to get the necessary evidence to win J.W.’s case in front of a workers’ compensation administrative law judge. While the insurance carrier only offered $15,000.00 to settle the claim, KILC was able to secure an award of over $90,000.00 in income benefits, plus medical treatment and reimbursement from the Judge.
$150,000Settlement for Hydraulic Equipment Injury
K.G. injured his neck while working on hydraulic equipment. Initially, the insurance carrier argued that his neck condition was a degenerative condition and that it was not responsible for paying for any medical treatment.
K.G. soon got KILC involved in his case. KILC was able to get the insurance carrier to pay for a consultation with highly respected neurosurgeon, who agreed that K.G. neck condition was due to his work injuries. KILC got the insurance carrier to pay for K.G.’s neck surgery and pay him while he was off-work. At the end of the case, KILC obtained a $150,000.00 settlement for K.G.
$130,000Workers' Compensation Settlement
J.D. approached Kentucky Injury Law Center after the insurance denied his claim. JD had previously undergone back surgery but had fully recovered from that surgery when he injured his back while working for his new employer. The insurance carrier denied JD’s need for surgery and TTD income benefits stating the cause of his injury was the prior back surgery, not the new working injury.
KILC took the case to a workers’ compensation administrative law judge to prove that JD’s new back injury was caused by his recent work. The Judge agreed with KILC and awarded JD over $60,00.00 in past-owed TTD income benefits and ordered the insurance to pay for the surgery. After JD had the surgery and was released from care, KILC was able to secure another $70,000.00 to settle JD’s case against the insurance carrier.
$100,000Settlement for Utility Lineman Falling on the Job
N.W. suffered serious injuries after falling from 20 feet working as a utility lineman. The insurance company paid for N.W.’s medical bills and paid him TTD income benefits when N.W. was released from work, the insurance carrier sent him a settlement offer for $20,000.00 to settle his work compensation claim.
N.W., who did not believe that was a fair offer considering the extent of his injuries, contacted KILC about see what he was entitled to under Kentucky Workers’ Compensation statutes. KILC quickly reviewed N.W.’s records and determine the insurance carrier’s offer was extremely deficient. KILC had N.W. evaluated by one of the doctors they have developed a strong working relationship with and was able to increase N.W.’s dramatically. Due to KILC’s intervention, the insurance carrier agreed to settle N.W.’s claim for $100,000.00.
$70,000Severed Thumb on the Job Settlement
Like many injured workers, J.H. thought his employer would take care of him after injury severing part of his thumb while helping the employer is a secondary business. The employer tried to claim that J.H. was not an employee of the secondary business and the insurance company denied giving J.H. any income or medical benefits.
KILC took the case and began deposing witnesses regarding J.H.’s employment. The insurance carrier continued to refuse to pay any benefits, so KILC took the matter before a workers’ compensation administrative law judge, who found that J.H. was an employee at the time of the injury and awarded over $70,000.00 in income benefits and made the insurance carrier pay for all his treatment.
Injured Delivery Person
We all hear about the “gig economy.” Corporate America wants to reap the benefits of labor, without taking responsibility for the results.
We had a case about that.
It started with a call –someone had slammed into the back of our client’s car while the client was on the job. The other driver had tried to pass our client over a solid yellow line because he didn’t see that she was turning. Our client had neck surgery and didn’t know what to do.
We went and met her in a McDonald’s to see if we could help.
Our client hired us, but it looked like there was only minimum insurance available. Certainly not enough to pay what our client was owed for the terror of a significant crash and neck surgery.
During the investigation of the case, our firm found a witness who said that after our client left the scene, a bunch of people from a well-known chain store had come to the other driver’s car and unloaded inventory. This meant that the chain store was potentially on the hook for our client’s damages.
We presented the claim to the chain store, and they basically told us they would do nothing because they weren’t responsible because the driver was an independent contractor.
We filed suit, less than 2 months after signing up our client in the McDonald’s.
In the court case, the defense changed the story: the driver wasn’t working on the clock for the chain store at the time of the wreck. Nevermind-the witnesses who saw that chain store employee came to the scene of the wreck.
The defense gave us only partial documents. Good old-fashioned sleuthing uncovered a problem with their documents. Lo and behold, looks like the guy was on the clock.
The defense changed the story again: the other driver wasn’t their employee. During the driver’s deposition, he admitted that while he wasn’t an employee, he had been disciplined for not driving this route fast enough. Incredibly, the driver testified that he had only been disciplined for not driving fast enough, never for driving too fast, which was especially bad because he had gotten speeding tickets and rear-ended someone else while working for this company.
After developing the proof that the company was on the hook, the case was resolved at a mediation for a confidential amount significantly in excess of the driver’s liability limits.