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Recent Work Injury Settlements by Jonathan B. Koutcher: 2013

$184,000 lump work injury sum settlement for Philadelphia Union Insulator with Hand Injury.
This injured worker was a union insulator and fractured his right hand at work. Unfortunately, he developed a pain syndrome during the healing process called RSD, or chronic regional pain syndrome, resulting in the hand becoming deformed, extremely painful and sensitive to touch, and of little use. The pain syndrome spread to the foot effecting the injured worker’s ability to walk. As a result of the pain and inability to work, the injured worker became depressed. The injured worker was represented by Philadelphia worker’s compensation attorney Jonathan Koutcher of Pearson Koutcher Law, who filed a petition with the court to expand the injured worker’s accepted injuries to include RSD/chronic regional pain syndrome and depression. After presenting the injured worker for testimony and taking multiple medical depositions, and attending a mediation, the parties were able to settle the case. This was despite the insurance company physicians’ opinion that the injured worker did not have depression or a pain syndrome related to the work accident.

$83,000 lump sum Philadelphia workmans comp settlement for Injured Veterinary Assistant.
A female veterinary assistant from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania was injured at work suffering a lower back injury. Initially the injured worker returned to work on light duty, and when light duty work was no longer available, she began to receive workers’ compensation wage loss benefits. The injured worker was represented by Philadelphia workers compensation attorney Jonathan B. Koutcher of Pearson Koutcher Law. Mr. Koutcher was able to negotiate for the injured workers a lump sum settlement totaling slightly less than four (4) years of benefits.

$102,500 lump sum job injury settlement plus open medical for injured Chester County Convenience Store Delivery man.
This injured worker severely injured his knee which required a total knee replacement. Unfortunately, due to infection and loosening of the prosthesis, the injured worker continued to experience ongoing symptoms in his right knee. The injured worker was represented by Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer Jonathan B. Koutcher of Pearson Koutcher Law. Mr. Koutcher had represented the injured worker for many years, and had previously been successful defending a Modification Petition filed by the employer suggesting the injured worker’s benefits should be limited to 500 weeks based upon the results of an impairment rating examination (IRE). Since the injured worker was receiving social security disability benefits that would be converting to social security retirement in a few years, a settlement was in the injured worker’s best interest and the injured worker was able to thus maximize the value of his case.

$90,000 lump sum work injury settlement for female food service worker from New Jersey.
This injured worker sustained a lower back injury at work when she slipped and fell. The accident aggravated a prior lower back injury. The injured worker was out of work and receiving wage loss benefits when the insurance company filed a petition to terminate her benefits based upon the opinion of the physician who performed an independent medical evaluation. The injured worker was represented by Philadelphia worker’s compensation attorney Jonathan Koutcher of Pearson Koutcher Law. During the claim, the injured worker was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent radiation treatments limiting her ability to receive treatment for her work- related lower back injury. After attending a mediation session Mr. Koutcher was able to settle the case and was able to continue the injured worker’s vested benefits, including health insurance, which was critical given the breast cancer diagnosis and need for radiation treatment.

$100,000 lump sum workers’ compensation settlement with open medical for Montgomery County factory worker.
This injured worker hurt his lower back working in a meat plant. The employer fought the injured worker’s claim for benefits. A worker’s compensation judge granted the Claim petition awarding ongoing benefits. The injured worker was then able to undergo lower back surgery. Philadelphia worker’s compensation lawyer Jonathan Koutcher, of Pearson Koutcher Law, was able to negotiate a settlement representing more than five years of wage loss benefits; since the injured worker still required ongoing medical treatment, the medical portion of the claim remained open.

$145,000 Lump Sum Workplace Compensation Settlement For Chester County Car Salesperson.
This injured worker suffered a lower back injury requiring multiple surgical procedures after being involved in a work related car accident while taking a customer on a test drive. The injured worker had a corresponding third party lawsuit against the driver responsible for causing the accident that resolved for a significant amount. The injured worker was represented by Philadelphia worker’s compensation attorney Jonathan B. Koutcher of Pearson Koutcher Law. Mr. Koutcher was able to negotiate a settlement for the injured worker just as the insurance company was planning to institute a vocational and impairment rating analysis that could have resulted in the injured worker’s wage loss benefits being reduced or limited.

$105,000 Lump Sum Work Injury Settlement For Injured Philadelphia Plumber.
This injured worker sustained a serious finger injury while working in a ditch that filled with water when a water line burst. The injured worker underwent multiple surgical procedures, developed a bone infection and was left with a mallet deformity. Philadelphia worker’s compensation attorney Jonathan B. Koutcher, of Pearson Koutcher Law, represented the injured worker since 2007, successfully litigated a Claim Petition and defended the injured worker’s benefits thereafter. The insurance company for the employer was in the process of beginning litigation based upon a labor market survey and earning power assessment when Mr. Koutcher was able to negotiate a settlement.

$240,000 lump sum workplace accident settlement for Philadelphia union carpenter.
A union carpenter with more than 20 years of service performing physically demanding duties as a carpenter injured his shoulder that required surgery. The injured worker experienced ongoing residual symptoms that could not further be surgically repaired. The worker’s compensation insurance carrier for the injured worker’s employer filed a petition to modify compensation benefits alleging that the injured worker had sufficient transferable skills and work was generally available in the injured worker’s local geographic area. The Worker’s Compensation insurance company argued that the injured worker had earning power despite ongoing physical problems with the shoulder and not having any experience performing a job other than a carpenter for the past 20 years. Philadelphia worker’s compensation attorney Jonathan B. Koutcher Esquire of Pearson Koutcher Law, defended the interests of the injured worker. The parties attended multiple mediations and negotiated a settlement over the course of six months, ultimately reaching a settlement for more than five (5) years of the injured worker’s wage loss benefits.

$75,000 lump sum workplace injury settlement for Allentown Laborer with Degloving injury
An Allentown laborer who fell from a ladder sustained a degloving injury with infection thereafter. His employer denied the claim and terminated the injured worker alleging he stole rental income. The employer also alleged the injured worker was not an employee. Philadelphia worker’s compensation lawyer Jonathan B. Koutcher represented the injured worker and presented the injured worker for testimony, refuting the allegations of the employer. Despite a contested and denied case, Mr. Koutcher was able to negotiate a settlement in the amount of $75,000 representing three (3) years of wage loss benefits.

$85,000 lump sum workmans comp settlement for injured laborer from Philadelphia.
This injured worker suffered a neck injury that required surgery. The injured worker had a low average weekly wage and began receiving worker’s compensation wage loss benefits. Philadelphia worker’s compensation lawyer Jonathan B. Koutcher represented the injured worker, who was concerned that he would not be able to return to a physically demanding job in the future due to his neck injury. Mr. Koutcher was able to negotiate a settlement for the injured worker the equivalent of four years of wage loss benefits into the future. The insurance company had been in the process of trying to establish that the injured worker had earning power which if successful could have resulted in the injured worker no longer having a wage loss.

$75,000 lump sum workers compensation settlement for Allentown Laborer with Degloving injury
An Allentown laborer who fell from a ladder sustained a degloving injury with infection thereafter. His employer denied the claim and terminated the injured worker alleging he stole rental income. The employer also alleged the injured worker was not an employee. Lehigh Valley worker’s compensation lawyer Jonathan B. Koutcher represented the injured worker and presented the injured worker for testimony, refuting the allegations of the employer. Despite a contested and denied case, Mr. Koutcher was able to negotiate a settlement in the amount of $75,000 representing three (3) years of wage loss benefits.

$145,000 lump sum workplace compensation settlement with open medical treatment for Injured Female Union Factory Worker from Lancaster.
This injured worker sustained injuries to her knee requiring surgery. The injured worker was a member of a Union and a longtime employee. Unfortunately, her knee injuries became permanent and the injured worker was only released to light duty employment which the employer did not have available. The worker’s compensation insurance company had the injured worker evaluated by a vocational counselor and performed a labor market survey. A Petition to Modify the injured worker’s benefits was then filed by the insurance company, who wanted to reduce the wage loss benefits of the injured worker arguing the injured worker had an earning capacity based upon the results of the vocational interview and location of jobs that were open and available in the injured worker’s local geographic area. The injured worker was represented by Lehigh Valley worker’s compensation attorney Jonathan B. Koutcher, of Pearson Koutcher Law, who negotiated the settlement for the injured worker after attending a Mediation.

$150,000 lump sum work injury settlement with open medical for injured female electrical company worker from Philadelphia.
This injured worker suffered an injury to her cervical spine and underwent surgery. Despite surgical intervention, the injured worker still had ongoing neck and arm pain. Many petitions were pending before the judge, including a Petition to Modify based upon a labor market survey and a Petition to Review to expand the description of injury. Since the injured worker was already approved for Social Security disability and was a Medicare beneficiary, the settlement was negotiated so medical treatment would remain open until a Medicare set aside was approved. The case was fully litigated before the judge and a decision was about to be rendered. A settlement was then reached after months of negotiations. The settlement amount represented more than seven (7) years of wage loss benefits at the injured worker’s total disability rate.

$120,000 Lump Sum Workmans Comp Settlement for Injured Union Tree Trimmer.
This injured worker, represented by Philadelphia workers compensation attorney Jonathan Koutcher, of Pearson Koutcher Law, initially suffered an injury to his elbow and forearm that required surgery as a result of moving joysticks repetitively to operate a bucket truck. The injured worker returned to light duty employment at a loss of earnings and Mr. Koutcher filed a petition for partial disability benefits. While performing light duty, the injured worker was restricted to using his non injured arm to perform job activities. As a result, the injured worker suffered a second work injury as a result of overuse syndrome. Mr. Koutcher filed a claim for the new injury which the insurance company agreed to acknowledge as work related. The injured worker remained on light duty working in an office setting while still experiencing a small, ongoing wage loss. Mr. Koutcher was able to negotiate a settlement of the injured workers’ claim for almost four years of wage loss benefits in a lump sum.

$212,500 lump sum work injury settlement for Lancaster County Union Material Handler.
This injured worker sustained bilateral shoulder injuries while lifting heavy items at work on a repetitive basis. Despite undergoing three surgical procedures the injured worker continued to experience severe shoulder symptoms resulting in reduced range of motion and strength. The workers compensation insurance company had the injured worker evaluated by a vocational counselor and tried to establish the earning power of the injured worker. This led to the filing of a Petition to Modify Compensation Benefits by the insurance company. The injured worker was represented by Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer Jonathan Koutcher of Pearson Koutcher Law. Mr. Koutcher was able to challenge the allegations of the insurance company and presented a compelling argument during a mediation whereby the case was able to settle for more than five years of wage loss benefits.

$60,000 lump sum settlement for Philadelphia automobile detailer.
This injured worker sustained a shoulder and neck injury after lifting a heavy item at work. The injured worker was represented by Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer Jonathan Koutcher of Pearson Koutcher Law. During the claim, it was not clear whether the employer maintained workers compensation insurance. Accordingly, Mr. Koutcher pursued a claim against the Uninsured Employer Guarantee Fund. Also problematic was identifying the correct name of the employer at the time of the injury. Once the correct employer became clear and insurance coverage was confirmed, the case was then able to proceed in a normal fashion despite substantial delays. The workers compensation carrier denied the claim while the case was pending. Mr. Koutcher was able to secure a settlement in the amount of $60,000, representing three (3) years of wage loss benefits before the claim was ever accepted as compensable.

$133,571.36 lump sum work injury settlement for injured Hispanic groundskeeper from Philadelphia.
This injured worker sustained injuries to his neck and lower back while working as a groundskeeper at a local university. After the injured worker retained Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer Jonathan Koutcher of Pearson Koutcher Law, petitions were filed to expand the description of injury, including a surgical scar on the neck as a result of cervical spine surgery. While the petitions were pending, the workers compensation insurance carrier filed a Termination Petition alleging the injured worker could return to full duty, no longer required treatment and fully recovered from his work injuries. Mr. Koutcher defended the petition filed by the insurance company, cross examined the doctor who provided opinions for the insurance company and presented testimony of the injured worker’s treating pain management physician. After the parties attended a Mediation, the case settled.

49,500 Lump Sum Workplace Accident Settlement to Injured Hispanic Tree Cutter.
This injured worker severely injured his lower back that resulted in surgery. The injured worker was able to return to work for a brief period of time, but due to an increase in his symptoms, needed to again come back out of work. Philadelphia workers compensation attorney Jonathan B. Koutcher of Pearson Koutcher Law was able to have the injured worker’s wage loss benefits reinstated. Mr. Koutcher also filed a petition to amend the description of injury when the workers compensation insurance company would not pay for the surgery to the lower back. Mr. Koutcher obtained testimony from the injured worker’s spine surgeon on the causation issue. The injured worker was significantly overpaid during the period of time he was receiving workers compensation wage loss benefits. As a result, the parties negotiated a settlement taking into account the overpayment while at the same time paying the injured worker approximately two (2) additional years of wage loss benefits.

$255,000 lump sum work injury settlement with open medical for Injured contractor from Michigan.
This injured worker suffered severe and debilitating injuries to his shoulder requiring multiple surgical procedures. The injured worker also had a third party lawsuit which resolved. Since there was dual jurisdiction in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the injured worker had a pending New Jersey workers compensation claim. Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer Jonathan Koutcher of Pearson Koutcher Law represented the injured worker in this significant settlement, which totaled almost six (6) years of wage loss benefits.

$80,000 lump sum work related injury settlement for injured female correctional officer from Philadelphia.
This injured worker suffered a lower back injury after lifting a heavy item at work. The employer, the City of Philadelphia, Dept. of Prisons, initially denied the claim. Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer, Jonathan B. Koutcher, of Pearson Koutcher Law, was successful in having the claim accepted as compensable. Recently, the employer filed a Termination Petition that Mr. Koutcher defended. Also at issue was the reasonableness of therapy treatment received by the injured worker. The parties attended a Mediation which ultimately led to the acceptance by the injured worker of a lump sum settlement plus payment towards some of the therapy treatment.

$90,100 workplace injury settlement with open medical for Philadelphia carpenter with lower back injury.
This injured worker suffered an injury to his lower back in 2006 while lifting backer board while performing carpenter duties for a local school district. There were multiple rounds of litigation over the years, including an attempt by the insurance company to terminate the injured worker’s benefits, which was unsuccessful, and a petition to expand the description of injury filed by the injured worker that was granted by the workers compensation judge. The injured worker was represented by Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer Jonathan B. Koutcher of Pearson Koutcher Law. The parties mediated the case which resulted in the settlement of $90,100, representing more than three (3) years of future wage loss benefits, while still allowing the injured worker to receive treatment for his work related lower back injury.

$67,392 workmens compensation lump sum settlement for injured landscaper from New Jersey.
This Hispanic speaking injured worker hurt multiple body parts, including his shoulder, neck and middle back when concrete blocks on a retaining wall fell. The injured worker resided in New Jersey but worker for a company located in Pennsylvania and the accident occurred in Pennsylvania. Initially, the workers compensation insurance carrier paid the injured worker wage loss benefits. However, after the injured worker went to an independent medical exam at the request of the insurance company, wage loss benefits were stopped and the claim was denied. Philadelphia workers compensation attorney Jonathan B. Koutcher, of Pearson Koutcher Law, filed a Claim Petition and presented the injured worker for testimony before the workers compensation judge. While the case was pending the parties attended a mediation. Mr. Koutcher was successful is settling the case for three years of wage loss benefits, when the case was denied and before any decision was made on the merits of the Claim Petition.

$80,000 lump sum work injury settlement for injured female school attendant from Delaware County.
This injured worker sustained a severe neck injury that required surgery. After the surgical scar on the neck of the injured worker became permanent, Philadelphia workers compensation attorney Jonathan B. Koutcher, of Pearson Koutcher Law, filed a petition to obtain disfigurement benefits. The case was fully litigated before the workers compensation judge and the injured worker was awarded 45 weeks of benefits for the disfigurement. The parties then began negotiating a settlement for the injured worker. Mr. Koutcher was able to obtain 5 years of wage loss benefits, plus the value of the disfigurement award, for the injured worker to settle the case.


$70,000 lump sum job injury settlement for injured female cleaner from Bucks County.

This injured worker sustained an injury to her shoulder and was diagnosed with adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder). The injured worker was out of work for a period of time and then returned to work on light duty. Philadelphia workers compensation attorney Jonathan B. Koutcher, Esquire of Pearson Koutcher Law was able to secure wage loss benefits for the injured worker before she returned to work. In addition, Mr. Koutcher was able to increase the average weekly wage of the injured worker as a result of having a second job at the time of the accident (concurrent wages). When the injured worker returned to work, she performed light duty but was then terminated from her job. Mr. Koutcher immediately filed a Petition to Reinstate Compensation Benefits with the Court, and after attending a mediation, the case settled.


$100,000 lump sum work injury settlement for injured Philadelphia glass installer.

This injured worker fell at an off premises jobsite and sustained severe neck injuries requiring surgery. The injured worker had originally received workers compensation benefits pursuant to the New Jersey workers compensation system. When benefits were stopped in New Jersey, the injured worker contacted Philadelphia work injury lawyer Jonathan B. Koutcher, of Pearson Koutcher Law, to institute a claim for Pennsylvania workers compensation benefits as a result of dual jurisdiction in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. While the claim was pending in Pennsylvania, Mr. Koutcher was able to settle the case and obtain an additional $100,00 for this injured worker.

$70,000 lump sum workplace accident settlement for Philadelphia female bus operator.
This injured worker suffered multiple injuries to her body, including her lower back, chest and ankle as the result of a work-related motor vehicle accident. The Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier alleged the injured worker fully recovered from her work injuries. The insurance company presented testimony from an orthopedist who performed an independent medical examination. Philadelphia work injury attorney Jonathan B. Koutcher cross-examined the doctor, calling into question his qualifications and opinions. The insurance company then settled the case.

$62,000 lump sum work injury settlement for Montgomery County Female Office Worker.
This injured worker was in a meeting and was inadvertently struck by a door in her back. The injured worker returned to work and was terminated from her employment thereafter. Philadelphia work injury attorney Jonathan B. Koutcher, of Pearson Koutcher Law, filed a Claim Petition and presented the injured worker for testimony. During the course of the pending Claim Petition, before the claim was ever accepted as work related by the workers compensation insurance company, the case settled.

$75,000 work comp settlement for injured Lancaster County Foundry Worker.
This injured worker had an injury to his shoulder requiring surgery. The employer offered the injured worker light duty. Philadelphia workers comp lawyer Jonathan Koutcher, of Pearson Koutcher Law, filed several petitions in response. The parties litigated the case fully before the Judge, and after attending a mediation session, the case was able to resolve for $75,000.