$100,000 Recovery For Truck Driver With Injured Elbow
James worked as a truck driver in Gaston County, North Carolina. He injured his elbow at work and initially tried to handle his case alone. James became frustrated with how the insurance adjuster treated him. He found the workers' compensation process to be very difficult. The adjuster failed to act in a reasonable manner, and James suffered without proper medical care. He eventually sought my help.
Our first goal was to get James the recommended medical care. I immediately addressed that issue with the insurance company. The Defendants decided to change course, and James' medical care went much better throughout the rest of his case.
At the time I was hired to represent James, I feel confident the insurance company valued his case at approximately $20,000 for settlement purposes. I concluded this because of my prior experience representing insurance companies as defense counsel: I understand exactly how the operate and defend cases. The adjuster looked at James' case and thought she could get out relatively cheap (all things considered for his case).
However, I carefully reviewed James' case and saw a real potential problem. I was immediately concerned whether this particular injury would cause James a problem with his type of employment (truck driver) in the future. If so, he was possibly entitled additional compensation. I prepared for this issue. We were patient; we waited to even consider resolving James' case until he reached an appropriate point in his recovery. I then got the doctor's opinion about James' future work abilities. It turned out I was correct. James case was worth significantly more than the Defendants were going to offer him initially.
As a result of the work per our strategy, we obtained a significantly higher recovery for James. He was able to go forward in a different direction with confidence. I always enjoy the satisfaction of stopping an injustice and genuinely helping someone.
Practice area(s): Workers Compensation