Pearson Koutcher Law Partner Jonathan Koutcher wins claim petition for injured Sheriff’s Department officer resulting in payment of back due benefits in excess of $150,000.
This claim involved the allegation of a Sheriff’s Department officer who sustained repetitive trauma injuries to her cervical spine and upper extremity as a result of constantly opening and shutting a heavy metal cell door throughout the course of employment. The allegations were contested by the employer. Mr. Koutcher presented evidence from the injured worker’s treating neurosurgeon who was able to causally connect the injured worker’s symptoms to repetitive work activities, based upon the injured worker’s history, results of diagnostic testing which showed some acute findings and the lack of any prior significant medical history to the cervical spine. The worker’s compensation judge denied the employer’s claim that the injured worker’s condition was pre-existing in nature and the injured worker failed to provide notice timely of the accident and injuries. Importantly, the worker’s compensation judge recognized that in cases of repetitive trauma, the period in which notice must be provided does not begin to run until the injured worker has knowledge of the connection between the work injury and diagnosis. In addition to receiving an extremely significant award of back due wage loss benefits in excess of $150,000, the injured worker will receive ongoing wage loss benefits and most importantly has the ability to receive treatment for her work injuries.
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