The Biggest Workers Compensation Cases
As an employee, if you are injured in any state or form, on the job, or as a result of your job, you may be entitled to compensation. Workers Compensation is an insurance that employers are required by law to pay into. Workers Compensation is an assurance for you, as the employee, to receive medical benefits and wage replacement in case of any workplace injury. In a lot of situations, workers compensation may not be enough to replace what a workplace injury can cause. The employer and/or the insurance company may want to negotiate with you a settlement to prevent the cost and time of any tort action you may bring against them.
How Much Compensation Am I Entitled To, In Order To Make Myself Whole?
In California, 18 year old Antonio Enriquez was at his construction job. It was 2004 and the day was like any other except the foreman never properly checked the safety of the scaffolding. He told Mr. Enriquez he had to work from the top of the scaffolding. Shortly after making it to the top, the scaffolding gave way, sending Mr. Enriquez to the ground where he landed on his head. The incident caused permanent damage that was going to inhibit Mr. Enriquez for the rest of his life.
Mr. Enriquez began to suffer from depression, cognitive deficits, psychosis, self mutilation, anxiety, as well as being diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. Mr. Enriquez will need care for the rest of his life. His lawyer took up the case 5 years after the incident occurred. Mr. Enriquez’s attorney was able to represent him against the Workers Compensation Insurance Company for a settlement of $8.9 million, the largest in California’s history.
Florida’s Largest Workers Compensation Case
In the winter of 2006, Antonio Acevedo was working as a roofer in Miami, Florida. His job at every new site was to rip the old roof off and then he would be one of a few roofers that would apply the new roof. While pulling the old metal off of a roof, he fell. The resulting 20 foot fall resulted in Mr. Acevedo’s paraplegia and severe brain trauma. He now requires 24-hour care.
Mr. Acevedo had been working on a corroded metal roof that his employers had failed to inform him of. A jury awarded him $16 million allowing him to be provided around the clock health care for the rest of his life and a means of income for he and his family.
Wal-Mart’s Largest Workers Compensation Class Action
Not all of the largest Workers Compensation cases are for individuals. In 2009 the entirety of Wal-Mart’s employees in the state of Colorado brought forth a Workers Compensation class action lawsuit. The employees were able to sufficiently show that Wal-Mart had leveraged its health providers into making bias decisions when it came to Workers Compensation for the employees in the state of Colorado.
The Colorado employees of Wal-Mart received a total of $8 million. Additionally, each employee that was treated at a health provider facility received an additional $520.
Most companies and insurance agencies don’t release dollar amounts of Workers Compensation settlements. Yet, some of the larger amounts still find their way to the headlines though. Pain and suffering is not covered in Workers Compensation insurance and you’re not automatically entitled to this as a the victim of a workplace injury. You will need to contact an attorney that specializes in Workers Compensation litigation in order to receive what you may need to recover from workplace injury properly.
This article was written by Jerome Eckerman. Jerome is studying law in Sydney, Australia, but is originally from Orlando, FL. Since he has left the country to persue his degree in law, he has also stayed in touch with The Law Offices of Charles H. Leo – an Orlando based Social Security and Workers Compensation attorney. He frequently creates and contributes content to Mr. Leo and his site!