Sometimes even when medical tests show nothing abnormal, you can experience pain and disability after an injury at work. That’s when the key to justice is a knowledgeable and aggressive workers’ compensation attorney.
Our client, Justin, recently won his workers’ compensation case after months of litigation. Justin was working as a recycling collector when a recycling truck ran over his right foot. The truck dragged his foot along the pavement. X-rays revealed only one broken bone in the top of Justin’s foot. After undergoing surgery to repair that broken bone, X-rays and a CT scan showed that the bone was healed. On paper, Justin should have been back to normal. But Justin was in extreme pain that caused him difficulty standing and walking. To try to stop the pain, a surgeon performed a second surgery to remove the screw inserted during the first surgery. But the pain continued, even after a series of injections into Justin’s foot.
Fortunately, our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys did not give up when the employer terminated Mr. Lawson’s employment and cut off his weekly benefits. They took to the case to a hearing and offered witnesses who testified that Justin was a hard worker. During the questioning of a doctor, the doctor admitted that Justin’s unexplained symptoms were not unusual. Even a negative MRI did not mean that Justin’s pain was not real.
The Industrial Commission ruled against the employer and Justin won his case. In addition to ongoing medical treatment, employer was ordered to pay Justin weekly disability benefits to cover his lost income. The Industrial Commission also granted Justin’s request to return to school a community college, while continuing to receive weekly benefits. In addition to having to pay for Justin’s tuition, the employer was ordered to pay for Justin’s books and educational mileage.