Date: October 2019
Occupation: Construction Manager
Case Venue: WCAB – Long Beach
Lead Trial attorney: Derek Jackson
Case result: Trial award of 100% (one hundred percent) permanent total disability. Benefits Awarded: 1. Lifetime medical care; 2. $702.02 per week for life, present value $854,544.00, under Labor Code Section 4600 and Labor Code section 4662 plus yearly cost of living increases pursuant to Labor Code section Code section 4659.
Injured body parts: Low back, lumbar spine and emotional trauma.
Case challenges: The Panel Qualified Medical Evaluator (PQME) initially indicated 50% permanent disability, with a value of $62,000, due to the injury. Our client’s own treating doctor believed the permanent disability was 31%! However, it was clear from our conversations with our client and getting to know him over the years that in fact he was much more disabled than the medical reporting was saying. Through careful attention to detail and questioning the evaluating doctors regarding the activity of daily living losses (ADL) as well as hiring a vocational expert to assess for the ability to have access to the job market, determine whether he was still hireable and if so what his chances were for job sustainability, we boldly went to trial and won the true of measure of benefits for Joe based on his real world experience with his injury.