Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Eric Pearson and Jonathan Koutcher Settle Case of Injured Worker for $875,000!
Eric Pearson and Jonathan Koutcher, partners at the workers’ compensation only firm of Pearson Koutcher Law, settled the case of an injured worker for $875,000, which is believed to be the highest workers’ compensation settlement in Pennsylvania in 2015. The injured worker suffered burns to approximately 30% of his body and was receiving wage loss benefits. In addition to disfiguring injuries to the head and neck, the injured worker was also disabled by the scarring and the loss of use of a number of his extremities. Mr. Pearson and Mr. Koutcher filed several petitions to expand the scope of the injured workers’ injuries to maximize his benefit status and also to obtain specific loss benefits (disfigurement and loss of use) in addition to benefits for wage loss. Mr. Pearson and Mr. Koutcher, recognizing the significant medical attention the injured worker would require for his lifetime, had a life care plan prepared, which detailed recommended remodeling of the injured workers’ home, special transportation equipment and the required ongoing medical treatment. The parties to the case participated in an all-day Mediation, conducted by the Honorable Michael Snyder (ret.). In addition to receiving a lump sum settlement of $875,000, the workers’ compensation insurance company agreed to fund and administer a Medicare Set Aside account for the injured worker.
$658,000 Fatal Claim Settlement for Widow whose Husband was Killed in a Work Accident
Pearson Koutcher Law partner Jonathan B. Koutcher settled the fatal claim of a 52 year old widow of a truck driver killed in a work-related motor vehicle accident occurring in 2006. The widow had been receiving fatal claim benefits since the accident. The widow had two children and she and Mr. Koutcher brainstormed how to best protect her interests, as both of her children were close to entering college. Mr. Koutcher was able to structure a settlement for the widow consisting of a large, upfront lump sum of money, periodic installment payments for college education expenses for the children and periodic annuity payments for the widow over the next 13 years.
Delaware County Union Fire Fighter obtains $105,00 Lump Sum Settlement
A firefighter injured his lower back, was receiving treatment from an orthopedist and did not feel he could return to his job as a fire fighter. The workers’ compensation insurance carrier filed a Petition to Terminate Compensation Benefits based upon the examination of the physician it chose to perform an independent medical examination. Litigation ensued and the injured worker’s benefits were placed in jeopardy. The injured worker was represented by Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney Jonathan Koutcher of Pearson Koutcher Law. Mr. Koutcher devotes his practice to representing injured workers and is certified as a specialist in workers’ compensation. The employer, a city municipality in Delaware County, rarely settled Workers’ Compensation cases. However, after the parties attended a Mediation, with some additional negotiating thereafter, a settlement was reached. Importantly, the injured worker was in a Union and had certain benefits that were preserved, as the injured worker was not required to resign/retire as a condition of the settlement.
We focus exclusively on workers’ compensation matters through compassionate and competent legal representation. For over a combined 100 years, our practice has assisted injured workers in the Greater Philadelphia region, and successfully obtained their benefits.