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Recent Settlements

2011 & 2012

$30,000 lump sum settlement one year of open medical treatment and waiver of third-party lien.
A truck driver from Delaware County was severely and catastrophically injured when a 1000 pound transporter fell onto his head resulting in cervical, lumbar and lower extremity injuries requiring surgery and lengthy rehabilitation. Jonathan B. Koutcher Esquire worked hand-in-hand with the injured worker’s third-party attorney, who secured a six figure settlement. Mr. Koutcher was also able to negotiate a waiver of the insurance company’s subrogation lien, which resulted in the injured worker not having to repay the insurance company while at the same time keeping the injured worker’s medical treatment open for one additional year and obtaining an additional $30,000 in compensation for the injured worker.

$65,000 lump sum settlement for an injured laborer in Philadelphia.
This injured worker sustained a shoulder injury that was not surgically repaired. Litigation was filed by the insurance company alleging that the injured worker was fully recovered. The injured worker was depicted on surveillance performing activities not consistent with his stated complaints. Jonathan B. Koutcher, Esquire was able to secure a settlement of $65,000.

$150,000 lump sum settlement for an injured truck driver in Philadelphia.
This injured worker sustained lower back injuries while delivering linens to a customer. The injured worker underwent surgery and experienced residual lower back and leg symptoms thereafter. Jonathan B. Koutcher Esquire was able to obtain a settlement totaling $150,000 for the injured worker. Mr. Koutcher was able to transfer the injured worker’s claim from Delaware to Pennsylvania which was more advantageous to the injured worker, resulting in a higher case value.

$50,000 lump sum settlement for a laborer with a lacerated finger in Philadelphia.
Jonathan B. Koutcher successfully litigated a claim petition so the injured worker could begin to receive wage loss and medical benefits for a lacerated finger sustained while working in a factory making mulch. After the injured worker had received workers compensation wage loss benefits for approximately 3 years, Mr. Koutcher was able to secure a settlement in the amount of $50,000, allowing the injured worker, who was only in his early 20’s, to move on with his life in a positive manner.

$93,000 lump sum settlement for automobile mechanic in Philadelphia.
Jonathan B. Koutcher Esq. litigated successfully a claim petition that was aggressively contested by the Worker’s Compensation insurance carrier. Mr. Koutcher needed to call fact witnesses to testify for the injured worker to corroborate some of the contested facts in the case. After the injured worker had received wage loss and medical benefits for a period of time, Mr. Koutcher was able to secure a settlement in the amount of $93,000.

$75,000 lump sum settlement for injured certified nurse assistant in Philadelphia.
This injured worker sustained musculoskeletal injuries while lifting a patient. Mr. Koutcher was able to successfully negotiate a $75,000 settlement.

$115,000 lump sum settlement for delivery person in Philadelphia.
Jonathan B. Koutcher Esq. negotiated a settlement in the amount of $115,000 for a delivery person who slipped and fell on icy steps on a customer’s property. The workers’ compensation insurance carrier filed litigation against the injured worker attempting to stop Worker’s Compensation benefits. Mr. Koutcher successfully negotiated a settlement for the injured worker in the amount of $115,000. In addition Mr. Koutcher worked closely with the attorney representing the injured worker in a third-party lawsuit for negligence of the landowner.

$55,000 lump sum settlement for injured factory worker in Schuylkill.
This injured worker sustained a knee injury. Complicating the case was the fact that the injured worker was terminated for cause for violating a substance abuse policy of the employer and the injured worker had severe, underlying degenerative arthritis of the knee. Despite these obstacles, Mr. Koutcher was able to secure a settlement in the amount of $55,000, representing almost 3 years of wage loss benefits for the injured worker.

$64,000 lump sum settlement for injured ambulance driver in Philadelphia.
Jonathan B. Koutcher Esq. negotiated a $64,000 settlement during litigation commenced by the Worker’s Compensation insurance carrier alleging that the injured worker had fully recovered from his work injuries. The settlement totaled three years of wage loss benefits for the injured worker.

$65,000 lump sum settlement for injured street cleaner in Philadelphia.
A young laborer who cleaned streets in the city of Philadelphia injured his lower back while picking up trash. The workers compensation insurance carrier initially denied the claim. Jonathan B. Koutcher Esq. filed a claim petition and presented evidence on behalf of of the injured worker. During the course of litigation, before the claim was ever accepted as work-related by the insurance company, Mr. Koutcher was able to secure a settlement in the amount of $65,000 for the injured worker, equivalent to 3.5 years of wage loss benefits.

$80,000 lump sum settlement for injured custodian in Philadelphia.
Jonathan B. Koutcher Esq. negotiated a settlement in the amount of $80,000 for an injured worker with injuries to many body parts resulting from two work accidents. The injured worker injured her shoulder and lower back keeping her out of work for several years.

$55,000 lump sum settlement for injured school bus aide in Philadelphia.
Jonathan B. Koutcher Esq. successfully litigated a claim petition so that the injured worker, who sustained psychological injuries in the form of posttraumatic stress disorder, could receive wage loss and medical benefits. After the injured worker received workers compensation benefits for a period of time, Mr. Koutcher was able to obtain a settlement on her behalf.

$110,000 lump sum settlement plus waiver of subrogation lien for injured laborer in Philadelphia.
Jonathan B. Koutcher Esq. successfully negotiated a settlement for an injured laborer involved in a motor vehicle accident while at work. The injured worker sustained injuries to multiple body parts including the neck, lower back and shoulder. Complicating the case was the fact that the injured worker had prior injuries to these body parts and had returned to work earning wages for the same employer. Mr. Koutcher was able to work closely with the third-party attorney who was representing the injured worker in a motor vehicle accident claim. In addition to securing a settlement in the amount of $110,000, Mr. Koutcher was able to eliminate the workers’ compensation insurance company’s ability to recover its lien against the proceeds of the third-party settlement.

$95,000 lump sum settlement for injured female laborer in Chester County.
Jonathan B. Koutcher Esq. negotiated a settlement in the amount of $95,000 for an injured female laborer who was injured on a roadside construction site. After successfully litigating a petition securing compensation for the injured worker, Mr. Koutcher was able to settle the injured worker’s case for $95,000.

$140,000 lump sum settlement for injured truck driver in Montgomery County.
This injured worker had a surgically repaired knee and still had ongoing symptoms thereafter. Mr. Koutcher was able to secure a settlement in the amount of $140,000.

$250,000 lump sum settlement and open medical treatment for injured truck driver in Philadelphia.
This injured worker had severe neck and lower back injuries as a result of a slip and fall injury. After the injured worker received wage loss benefits for a significant period time, Mr. Koutcher was able to secure a $250,000 settlement and was able to negotiate for the injured worker’s medical benefits to be left open indefinitely.

$95,000 lump sum settlement for injured machinist in Philadelphia.
This injured worker sustained lower back injuries and underwent surgery to the lumbar spine. The Worker’s Compensation insurance carrier denied the claim arguing that the injured worker was fired for cause and destroyed company property during the accident. Mr. Koutcher was able to cross-examine defense witnesses which casted doubt on the insurance company’s position and was able to secure a settlement in the amount of $95,000 while the claim petition was pending and before the insurance company ever accepted the claim as compensable.

$145,000 lump sum settlement for injured driver/courier in Chester County.
Jonathan B. Koutcher Esquire was able to secure a settlement in the amount of $145,000 for an injured driver/courier with an upper extremity injury. The injured worker’s employer went out of business leaving the injured worker without a job to return to.

$60,000 lump sum settlement for warehouse worker in Northampton County.
Jonathan B. Koutcher Esq. secured a settlement in the amount of $60,000 for an injured worker with lower back and knee injuries requiring surgery. Although the injured worker had severe injuries, the injured worker was caught on surveillance playing softball and engaging in other social events calling into question his claims of disability. Mr. Koutcher was able to secure a settlement while working closely with the attorney handling the injured workers third-party case.

$122,500 lump sum settlement for injured funeral home worker in Delaware County.
This injured worker was injured while lifting a heavy casket. The injured worker sustained multiple injuries including the neck and lower back. Complicating the case was the fact that the injured worker had previously injured the same body part in a prior accident. Mr. Koutcher was able to successfully negotiate a settlement in the amount of $122,500 representing more than five years of wage loss benefits.

$80,000 lump sum settlement for cement mason in Delaware County.
This injured worker injured his lower back resulting in surgery. The insurance company denied the claim and Mr. Koutcher filed a claim petition and presented evidence on behalf of the injured worker. The claim petition was granted allowing the injured worker to receive wage loss and medical benefits. After the injured worker received wage loss benefits for a period of time, Mr. Koutcher was able to secure a settlement on behalf of the injured worker in the amount of $80,000.

$68,000 lump sum settlement, for injured forklift operator in Delaware County.
This injured worker sustained lower back injuries when he fell from the back of a tractor-trailer while on his forklift. The injured worker did not have surgery to the lumbar spine despite recommendations by his treating neurosurgeon. Jonathan B. Koutcher was able to secure wage loss and medical benefits for the injured worker and then negotiated a settlement in the amount of $68,000 representing more than three years of wage loss benefits.

$170,000 lump sum settlement, for injured factory worker in Philadelphia.
This injured worker witnessed the horrific killing of coworkers by a disgruntled employee and sustained psychological injuries including post traumatic stress disorder. Mr. Koutcher was able to negotiate a settlement for the injured worker representing almost 4 years of wage loss benefits.

$100,000 lump sum settlement, for injured tractor trailer driver from Delaware County.
This injured worker sustained cervical spine injuries. The Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier denied the claim. Jonathan B. Koutcher, Esquire successfully litigated a claim petition and the injured worker was then able to undergo cervical spine surgery. Mr. Koutcher was able to convince the judge that the injuries were related to the work accident despite the injured worker experiencing cervical spine injuries from a prior accident.

$192,500 lump sum settlement, plus open medical for injured tractor-trailer driver from Philadelphia.
This injured worker sustained cervical spine injuries and underwent surgery. After Mr. Koutcher successfully litigated a claim petition, the injured worker collected wage loss benefits for a period of time. Mr. Koutcher also was able to obtain a disfigurement award for the injured worker because of the scar from the cervical spine surgery.

$136,000 lump sum settlement, plus the funding of a Medicare set aside for injured female orthodontic assistant from Bucks County.
This injured worker had a hand injury requiring surgery and extensive treatment. The injured worker was on Workers’ Compensation for a period of time. The injured worker received Social Security disability benefits and as a result was Medicare eligible. Jonathan B. Koutcher, Esquire was able to convince the insurance company to fund a separate Medicare set aside in addition to settling the case by offering the injured worker a lump sum settlement.

$51,000 lump sum settlement, for bean harvester from Wisconsin.
This injured worker sustained a knee injury after falling from a bean harvesting machine. Jonathan B. Koutcher, Esquire was able to determine that the accident occurred in Pennsylvania despite the injured worker working up and down the east coast of the United States. Mr. Koutcher was able to obtain wage loss benefits for the injured worker. After the injured worker underwent knee surgery, Mr. Koutcher was able to negotiate a settlement for the injured worker who ultimately returned back to work.

$100,000 lump sum settlement, with open medical for female injured worker from Philadelphia.
This injured worker sustained a lower back injury requiring surgery. The injured worker needed continued medical treatment. Jonathan B. Koutcher, Esquire was able to negotiate a lump sum settlement for the injured worker while allowing her to maintain her Worker’s Compensation medical coverage for her work injury.

$155,000 lump sum settlement, lump sum settlement with one year of medical treatment for injured electrician in Delaware County.
This injured worker sustained serious injuries to his scapular region and underwent surgery. After being on Workers’ Compensation for a period of time, Jonathan B. Koutcher, Esquire was able to negotiate a settlement for the injured worker and keep his medical treatment open for one year. The settlement was for more than five years of wage loss benefits.

$93,000 lump sum settlement for injured electrician/laborer in Bucks County.
The Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier denied this injured worker’s claim. Jonathan B. Koutcher, Esquire filed a claim petition. While the claim petition was still being litigated, Mr. Koutcher was able to negotiate a settlement for this injured worker in the amount of $93,000, the equivalent of three years of wage loss benefits.

$110,000 lump-sum settlement for injured water department worker in Philadelphia.
This injured worker sustained lower back injuries. He was awarded Workers’ Compensation wage loss benefits. The Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier alleged this injured worker had fully recovered and filed litigation. Jonathan B. Koutcher, Esquire, during the course of litigation, was able to negotiate a settlement representing four years of wage loss benefits for the injured worker.

107,000 lump sum settlement for injured female nurse in Delaware County.
A nurse working for a hospital for approximately 30 years injured her knee. The Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier alleged the injured worker fully recovered from her knee injuries. During the course of litigation Jonathan B. Koutcher, Esquire was able to obtain a settlement for the injured worker.

$85,000 lump sum settlement for female credit union worker in Philadelphia.
This injured worker underwent shoulder surgery and then developed a blood clot causing a heart attack. Jonathan B. Koutcher, Esquire successfully litigated a petition to include the heart attack and resultant cardiac condition as a work-related injury. The Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier then filed litigation alleging the injured worker fully recovered. Mr. Koutcher was able to negotiate a settlement for the injured worker representing more than four years of wage loss benefits.

$100,000 lump sum settlement for injured female parcel delivery supervisor.
This injured worker had carpel tunnel syndrome in both wrists due to the repetitive nature of her work activities, which included lifting, carrying and sorting boxes throughout the work day. Originally, the claim was filed in New Jersey. However, receiving benefits under the Pennsylvania Worker’s Compensation act was more advantageous for this injured worker, so Jonathan B. Koutcher, Esquire filed a claim petition in Pennsylvania which was contested by the Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier. Mr. Koutcher was able to negotiate a settlement, for over three years of wage loss benefits, even before the claim was accepted as work-related by the workers compensation insurance carrier.

$95,000 lump sum settlement for injured female janitor in Chester County.
This injured worker injured her lower back resulting in surgery. The University where she cleaned terminated her employment. Despite a low average weekly wage, Jonathan B. Koutcher, Esquire was able to obtain over four years of wage loss benefits in a lump sum to settle her case.

$69,000 lump-sum settlement for injured copy repair person in Delaware County.
This injured worker had strains and sprains of his lower back. The injured worker came to Jonathan B. Koutcher, Esquire already receiving Workers’ Compensation benefits. Mr. Koutcher was able to monitor his case, and when the Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier threatened the termination of wage loss and medical benefits, a settlement representing almost 3 years of wage loss benefits was negotiated.

$80,000 lump sum settlement for injured dockworker in Philadelphia.
This injured worker sustained lower back injuries after a slip and fall incident at work. The Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier denied benefits. Jonathan B. Koutcher, Esquire successfully litigated a claim petition and wage loss benefits were awarded to the injured worker. After receiving wage loss benefits for a period of time, Mr. Koutcher negotiated a settlement for the injured worker.

$72,500 lump-sum settlement for injured warehouse worker in Montgomery County.
This injured worker had lower back injuries and came to Pearson Koutcher, LLP already receiving Workers’ Compensation benefits. Jonathan B. Koutcher, Esquire identified the strengths of the case and was able to secure a lump sum settlement in a prompt manner. The Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier was in the process of filing a petition to modify or reduce the injured workers benefits based upon a labor market survey.

$85,000 lump-sum settlement for injured Pocono area school district laborer.
This injured worker had injuries caused by a work trauma and needed to settle his case due to a severe, unrelated medical condition which resulted in his leg being amputated. Jonathan B. Koutcher, Esquire promptly negotiated a settlement of his Workers’ Compensation claim.

$80,500 lump sum settlement for Delaware county hospital worker.
This injured worker developed an allergic reaction to the cleaning solution utilized by the janitorial staff to disinfect and clean the hospital. The Worker’s Compensation insurance carrier denied the claim and Jonathan B. Koutcher, Esquire filed a claim petition and presented evidence in support of the claim, including testimony of a board-certified allergist who was able to render an opinion that the injured worker could not return to the workforce where she was exposed to the cleaning agent. Once this evidence was produced the Worker’s Compensation insurance carrier settled the case.

$115,000 lump sum settlement with medical left open for injured Philadelphia electrician.
This injured worker sustained injuries to his shoulder requiring surgery. The injured worker was older approaching Social Security retirement age. Jonathan B. Koutcher, Esquire was able to negotiate a settlement for the injured worker prior to litigation being started by the Workers Compensation insurance carrier.

$140,000 lump sum settlement for Berks County truck driver.
This injured worker, who was 64 years old, was involved in a slip and fall accident at work causing him to sustain lower back pain with radiating pain down his leg. The injured worker was able to return to work on light duty. Jonathan B. Koutcher recognized that the injured worker was experiencing a wage loss while on light duty and successfully filed petitions to recover partial disability benefits for the injured worker. Thereafter, the insurance company filed a petition to terminate compensation benefits, alleging the injured worker’s lower back injuries resolved. Mr. Koutcher presented testimony from the injured worker’s treating neurosurgeon which the workers compensation judge found credible, thus denying the petition and allowing the injured worker to continue receiving wage loss and medical benefits. Ultimately the workers compensation insurance carrier approached Mr. Koutcher about settling the case, and after a mediation session, the case resolved for $140,000 paid to the injured worker in a lump sum.

$100,000 lump sum settlement for injured Philadelphia warehouse worker.
This injured worker had a lower back injury caused by lifting crates at work filled with heavy food product. The insurance company for the injured worker’s employer accepted the claim initially and then alleged the injured worker fully recovered from his lower back injuries. Jonathan B. Koutcher recognized that the injured worker’s injury description as accepted by the workers compensation insurance company was wrong and he filed litigation on that issue. The parties were able to attend a mediation session which helped the case to settle.

$150,000 lump sum settlement for Philadelphia injured worker.
This injured worker, who was 60 years old, suffered a lower back injury and underwent surgery for his symptoms. The injured worker was a long time employee for a local supermarket and wanted to resume employment. The injured worker returned to work in a restricted capacity despite ongoing symptoms. Pearson Koutcher, LLP attorney Jonathan B. Koutcher represented the injured worker while he returned to work. When the injured worker’s symptoms became worse, ultimately causing him to stop working, Mr. Koutcher filed several petitions to reinstate benefits and challenge the insurance company description of injury. Mr. Koutcher was able to negotiate a lump sum settlement for the injured worker which represented 4.5 years of wage loss benefits.

$108,500 lump sum settlement for Philadelphia injured worker.
This injured worker was working in a ditch when his jackhammer came into contact with a high voltage electrical line. An explosion occurred. The injured worker sustained injuries to multiple body parts but the workers compensation insurance company only accepted as work related facial burns. Pearson Koutcher, LLP attorney Jonathan B. Koutcher filed a petition to add injuries to the injured worker’s case, including a shoulder injury requiring surgery, and closed head trauma resulting in memory loss, headaches and ringing in the ears. During litigation Mr. Koutcher presented testimony from a board certified orthopedist and neurologist to explain the causal connection between the injured worker’s diagnosis and the work accident. Mr. Koutcher was then able to negotiate a lump sum settlement for the injured worker.

$85,000 lump sum settlement for injured Berks County auto mechanic.
This injured worker had injuries to both hands as a result of a traumatic incident at work (as opposed to a repetitive stress injury) that prevented the injured worker from returning to his regular job duties. The employer had light duty available for the injured worker to perform. The injured worker continued to receive his same rate of pay and did not require workers compensation wage loss benefits until March, 2012, when the employer started paying the injured worker less money than his time of injury earnings. Pearson Koutcher, LLP workers compensation lawyer Jonathan B. Koutcher had been representing the injured worker since 2009 . In March, 2012, the injured worker started to receive less money in wages, so Mr. Koutcher filed several petitions with the Court, including a Reinstatement Petition so the injured worker could receive partial disability benefits for his loss of earnings, and a Penalty Petition for the insurance company not automatically paying partial disability benefits. Mr. Koutcher estimated that the injured worker was due approximately $11,000 per year in partial disability benefits. Mr. Koutcher presented his client for testimony before the workers compensation judge and cross examined the employer witness. The parties then settled the case after attending a mediation session. The lump sum settlement for the injured worker was the equivalent of 7.7 years of partial disability benefits.

$119,629.12 lump sum settlement for Injured Delaware County Automobile Dealership laborer.
This injured worker suffered an injury at work in 2011 to his lower back requiring surgery. Philadelphia workers compensation attorney Jonathan B. Koutcher, of Pearson Koutcher, LLP, monitored the injured worker’s case for several months, making sure the medical bills from surgery were paid and the injured worker was receiving his wage loss checks in a timely manner. The injured worker wanted to return to Puerto Rico and needed his case to settle promptly. Mr. Koutcher was able to negotiate a lump sum settlement for the injured worker representing almost 4 years of wage loss benefits.

45,000 for Injured Northeast Philadelphia tow truck operator.
This injured worker was involved in a work related motor vehicle accident while operating a tow truck and sustained lower back injuries. Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer Jonathan B. Koutcher of Pearson Koutcher, LLP filed a Claim Petition on behalf of the injured worker, presented the injured worker for testimony, obtained testimony from the injured worker’s pain management physician and cross examined the orthopedic surgeon retained by the workers compensation insurance company who felt the injured worker fully recovered. The parties attended a mediation and Mr. Koutcher was able to obtain a lump sum settlement for the injured worker. After the accident the injured worker started a new career as a tractor trailer driver, and was earning $100.00 a week less than at the time of the accident; accordingly, Mr. Koutcher was seeking wage loss benefits for the injured worker in the form of partial disability benefits. The lump sum settlement obtained for this injured worker was the equivalent of more than the 500 weeks of partial disability benefits the injured worker could have received had litigation continued.

$95,000 settlement for Philadelphia machine operator with amputation injury.
This injured worker, represented by Philadelphia workers comp lawyer Jonathan B. Koutcher esquire of Pearson Koutcher, LLP, was working as a machine operator when his left index and middle fingers were amputated. The injured worker underwent nine surgical procedures. As a result of losing two fingers, having limited use of his left hand and being in chronic pain, the injured worker began developing depressed feelings and suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. Philadelphia work injury attorney Jonathan B. Koutcher filed a petition to review compensation benefits seeking to add psychological injuries to the injured worker’s already accepted hand injury. Mr. Koutcher presented testimony from the injured worker’s treating psychologist during litigation. The parties were then able to settle the case. The settlement represents more than five years of wage loss benefits.

$180,000 lump sum settlement for injured Lehigh Valley area electrical lineman.
Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer Jonathan B. Koutcher of Pearson Koutcher, LLP represented an electrical lineman who injured his Achilles tendon. The injured worker underwent surgery but still had residual problems, most notably when walking. The employer offered the injured worker a light-duty position. The employer then filed a petition to suspend the injured worker’s benefits when the injured worker could no longer perform light-duty employment as a result of his ankle injuries. While litigation was pending, Mr. Koutcher was able to negotiate a settlement for the injured worker representing four years of wage loss benefits.

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