A construction welder in North Carolina was awarded $2.47 million in workers’ compensation after a long and arduous process involving several mediations and post-mediation negotiations.
In 2011, the man, whose name has been withheld due to his immigration status, fell from a platform and suffered serious head damage that involved both a basilar skull fracture and a brain injury.
“He hit his head, had a severe brain injury and was an undocumented immigrant, so the family wasn’t sure they could make a claim for him,” said Gene Riddle, founding partner at Riddle & Brantley law firm.
Workers’ compensation cases can be among personal injury law firms’ most time-consuming, involving insurance companies, medical bills and, in this case, several languages.
While the client made improvements throughout the course of the case, doctors determined his injuries would be permanent. The settlement funds were placed into two trusts so money would be available to provide for the client’s medical and personal needs over his lifetime.
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