Occupation: Maintenance Mechanic
Trial award date: January 2017
Result: Trial award of 100% permanent total disability worth $1,160,248.00 in benefits plus lifetime medical care.
Mr. Arriaga was on a ladder doing his job as a maintenance mechanic when a forklift driver ran into his ladder causing him to fall to a concrete floor severely injuring his right knee, thoracic and lumbar spine as well as traumatic brain injury and stress. The big issue that we faced at JACKSON & JACKSON, was that the state Panel QME, Jeffrey Schiffman provided only a 32% disability for Mr. Arriaga, with a value of approximately $30,000.00 Attorney Gary Jackson personally met with the Arriaga family and listened to them tell of how their husband and father was no longer the same person and how dependent he had become on them for help with activities of daily living. Through careful attention to detail, and the use of a vocational rehabilitation expert, lead attorneys Gary and Derek Jackson we were able to show the true extent of the damage to Mr. Arriaga’s physical and emotional well being and prove up at trial that the true level of impairment was 100% permanent total disability. Congratulations to the Arriaga family and Derek Jackson, lead trial attorney, for an excellent result.