ChasenBoscolo continues to achieve significant outcomes for injured clients. Some recent verdicts and settlements include:
$25,000 Pedestrian Accident
$25,000 Settlement for Pedestrian Struck on Sidewalk
In March 2015, Tom Teodori refused to allow an insurance company to lowball his client. Our client was struck as a pedestrian on a D.C. sidewalk. The insurance company offered $1,500 to settle the claim, arguing that our client was not injured. The insurance company used our client’s Facebook postings as proof that he wasn’t injured, or wasn’t as injured as he alleged. Tom filed suit and was able to negotiate a $25,000 settlement despite the insurance company’s position that the incident didn’t happen. Our client appreciated that we were willing to fight for him.
$390,000 Motorcycle Accident
$390,000 for Veteran Injured in Motorcycle Accident
In December 2014, Tom Teodori successfully concluded the claim of a United States Army officer and Iraq War veteran who sustained leg and arm injuries while riding a motorcycle near a military base. The defendant driver attempted to turn left in front of our client, causing a collision. The insurance company refused to make an offer before suit was filed. Shortly before the case was set for trial, the insurance company agreed to pay our client $390,000.
$225,000 Premises Liability
$225,000 Premises Liability Settlement
In October 2014, Mike Reiter represented a client who was injured because of negligence from the apartment complex where he lived. The apartment complex failed to inspect and maintain its property even though they knew that there had been a problem with residents throwing broken beer bottles around on its property for years. Unfortunately, some of those broken bottles ended up in a bush where our client was playing hide and go seek with his friends, and he ended up lacerating his hand on the glass, which ultimately caused nerve damage and required surgery to his left hand. Travelers Insurance initially refused to make any offer, denying that the apartment complex did anything wrong. A lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. After the litigation process started, Travelers eventually changed their stance and the case ultimately settled for $225,000. Our client was overjoyed with Mr. Reiter’s success and, like many other injured victims helped by ChasenBoscolo, was glad he got a Lawyer that Cared.
$675,000 Truck Accident
$675,000 for Truck Accident on Washington Beltway
In September 2014, Tom Teodori settled a claim against a company whose driver negligently operated a truck on the Washington Beltway and collided into the rear of our client’s vehicle. Our client required hip surgery following the crash. After suit was filed, and shortly before trial, we demanded $675,000—which the defendant agreed to pay. As a result of Tom’s efforts, the client was able to rebuild and restore his and his family’s life.
Confidential Workers’ Compensation
Successful Workers Compensation Appeal for Injured Nurse
In September 2014, Ben Boscolo won a jury trial for a registered nurse (RN) who suffered a pinched nerve in her back after a fall at work. Her employer, a large community hospital, did not want to take care of the injury. When she began to complain to her doctors about pain from her neck into her left shoulder and down her arm to the fingertips, the doctors didn’t take the time to listen to her, document the information, or order the correct tests to find what was wrong. Ultimately, the RN found a spine specialist who performed a nerve test and discovered the pinched nerve. The hospital believed that since the doctors’ records did not make any reference to the complaints, the problems did not exist. The Workers’ Compensation Commission sided with the employer and insurance company, stating her neck problem was not related to the fall. Ben and his client appealed the decision to a jury who reversed the order by concluding the nerve damage was caused by the fall at work. As a result of Ben’s efforts, his client can now pursue medical treatment and any other benefits relating to her injury.
$75,000 Auto Accident
$75,000 for Passenger Injiured in Single-Car Accident
In August 2014, Kevin Hadden represented a client who was injured while a passenger in a vehicle. The vehicle’s driver lost control and the car left the roadway and struck a tree. By failing to control his vehicle, the defendant caused our client to suffer multiple injuries, including a broken bone in her hand. The insurance company made ridiculously low settlement offers, and Kevin refused to continue negotiating with the insurance company if they weren’t going to negotiate in good faith. After speaking with his client, they decided that filing a lawsuit was the best course of action. After filing the lawsuit, the insurance company nearly tripled their settlement offers and Kevin was able to resolve the case for our client for $75,000, proving that being willing to take the fight to court helps us get our clients the results they deserve.
$280,000 Auto Accident
$280,000 for Auto Accident Victim
In August 2014, Kevin Hadden represented a client who was injured when another driver fell asleep behind the wheel and caused a significant three-car collision. By failing to drive safely, the defendant caused our client to suffer a herniation in his lower back that required surgery to repair. The insurance company refused to make any settlement offers for four years, but neither Kevin nor his client gave in to the delays of the insurance company. While the lawsuit was pending, the insurance company filed a motion asking the court to rule that the injuries were not caused by the automobile collision. Kevin vigorously argued against the motion and the court ruled in our client’s favor. Shortly after winning the motion, Kevin was able to obtain a settlement of $280,000 for our client, proving that Lawyers that Care are willing to fight for the long haul for their clients.
$60,000 Auto Accident
$60,000 Verdict for Car Accident Victim
Mike Reiter represented a client who was injured when a driver crossed over the center of the road and collided with the front of the client’s vehicle. The crash caused our client to experience severe neck and back injuries as well as driving anxiety. Geico initially offered $11,000. They argued their insured wasn’t at fault and the collision was only minor. After filing a lawsuit in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Geico increased their offer to $13,500. Mike rejected the offer and the case was tried in front of a jury in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County on August 11-12, 2014. Upon assessing the evidence presented, the jury returned a verdict of just under $60,000 in favor of our injured client.
$500,000 Premises Liability
$500,000 for Slip and Fall Accident at Apartment Complex
In February 2014, Tom Teodori settled a claim for $500,000 against a Maryland apartment complex. His client sustained foot and ankle injuries when she fell descending the apartment complex stairs. The stairs were poorly maintained and suit was necessary in order to resolve this matter—which has the added benefit of ensuring properly maintained stairs for the apartment complex residents. Tom was happy that his actions showed we are Lawyers that Care.
$150,000 Workers’ Compensation
$150,000 for Plumber Who Suffered Shoulder Injury
Amy Schaeffer successfully tried a jury trial on September 13, 2012, receiving a verdict entitling her client to $150,000. Ms. Schaeffer represented a client who injured his left shoulder in 2009. Her client was working as an excavation plumber who was fitting pipes underground when it started to rain. When his co-workers lifted him out of a rain-filled hole by his arm, he immediately felt a tear in his left shoulder which ultimately required surgery to repair.
Because of the injury sustained, our client could not return to his previous employment, which involved heavy lifting and pulling with his shoulder. Our client succeeded in obtaining a light duty position with his employer, but sustained wage loss in addition to permanent difficulties doing daily activities due to his permanent injury. As such, we filed issues on our client’s behalf before the Workers’ Compensation Commission asking for permanent partial disability benefits.
Our client saw a doctor who said he sustained 25 percent permanent impairment to his whole person as a result of the work-related accident. The employer retained their own doctor to examine our client, who only gave him a rating of 5 percent permanent impairment to his whole person as a result of his work accident.
The employer offered our client $30,000 to settle the case before a hearing. Ms. Schaeffer didn’t believe that was enough to compensate our client for his permanent disability and rejected the offer. The Workers’ Compensation Commission awarded our client an 18 percent permanent disability as a result of the accident. This finding entitled our client to $27,180.
Ms. Schaeffer didn’t believe our client received fair compensation and appealed the Commission’s finding. Before trial, the defense attorney repeatedly stated he didn’t understand why our client was unhappy with the Commission’s order, and stated he believed our client had received enough compensation. We disagreed.
Due to our client’s permanent work restrictions, Ms. Schaeffer asked the jury to find that our client had sustained a permanent disability of 60 percent, which was the wage loss our client had sustained as a result of the accident. The jury deliberated for less than 15 minutes and returned a verdict for even more than our client requested—finding that our client had suffered 65 percent permanent disability as a result of the accident. This finding entitles our client to about $150,000 in additional compensation, meaning our client will have been awarded a total of approximately $177,180 from this claim. This figure is $147,000 more than what the employer initially offered!
Confidential Workers’ Compensation
Confidential Settlement for Injured Transit Authority Worker
On September 11, 2012, Amy Schaeffer tried a jury trial against Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and succeeded in obtaining a finding that our client injured her back because of her job at WMATA.
Our client was injured when she was performing a voluntary overtime shift cleaning rail cars. Although she didn’t have a specific accident occur while working, she strained her back and missed three months of work because she was doing the hard, physically demanding work her employer had asked her to do.
WMATA fought the claim, arguing that our client had not sustained an “”accidental injury.”” They argued that although she was hurt on the job, she was not entitled to the protection and rights afforded under workers’ compensation law because a specific “”accident”” never occurred. The Workers’ Compensation Commission agreed with WMATA and denied our client’s claim. Ms. Schaeffer disagreed with the Commission’s finding and appealed the case to the Circuit Court.
Prior to the trial, WMATA offered our client a minimal settlement. They stated our client was a “”liar”” and would not offer more because of that belief. Our client declined the offer, a decision Ms. Schaeffer supported. Throughout the trial, WMATA repeatedly argued for dismissal. Each time, Ms. Schaeffer was successful and was able to have the jury hear the case.
The jury rightfully believed our client and found in her favor. She is now entitled to medical care for her back, lost wages and compensation for any permanent disability she sustained. The lost wages and future permanent disability awarded will likely be four times the amount of money WMATA offered to settle the case.
$10,000 Auto Accident
$10,000 for Auto Accident Injury
On August 1, 2012, Mike Reiter went to trial for a client who was injured in a car crash caused by another person’s careless driving. The other driver stopped suddenly on a bridge causing a four-car crash. As a result of the other driver’s negligence, our client suffered injuries to multiple body parts. Geico made no settlement offer and continued to deny liability after suit was filed. Mr. Reiter tried the case in the District Court for Charles County, Maryland, and argued our client’s right to full and fair compensation for her injuries. After evidence was presented, the trial judge awarded our client $10,000. Our client was overjoyed with Mr. Reiter’s success and, like many other injured victims whom ChasenBoscolo has helped, our client is glad she got a Lawyer that Cared.
$5,600 Auto Accident
$5,600 for Rear-End Collision
On July 23, 2012, Mike Reiter went to court for a client who was injured in a car accident caused by another person’s careless driving. The other driver was following too closely behind our client and struck his vehicle. Our client suffered injuries to multiple body parts as a result of the other driver’s negligence. State Farm refused to make a settlement offer and denied its driver was responsible for the collision. Mr. Reiter tried the case in the District Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland, and skillfully argued our client’s right to full and fair compensation. Following the presentation of evidence, the trial judge awarded our client$5,614. Like many other injured victims whom ChasenBoscolo has helped, our client is glad he got a Lawyer that Cared. Great job, Mike.
$12,000 Auto Accident
$12,000 for Auto Accident
On February 7, 2012, Frederick Lester successfully represented a ChasenBoscolo client who sustained neck and back injuries in a car accident caused by another person’s negligent driving. The reckless driver rear-ended our client while he was stopped and waiting to turn at a traffic light. The Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund offered to settle the claim for a mere $3,400. Mr. Lester refused to accept such a low settlement offer, and we filed suit in the District Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland. Mr. Lester fought for his client’s right to be fairly compensated and successfully convinced the judge to award his client more than $12,000.
$27,096 Auto Accident
$27,096 for Car Accident Victim
On February 7, 2012, Mike Reiter went to court for a client who was hurt in a car accident caused by another person’s careless driving. The other driver failed to stop at a stop sign and slammed into our client’s vehicle. Both vehicles were totaled in the collision, and our client suffered severe injuries and visible bruising. State Farm made no settlement offer and claimed that their insured had suffered a medical emergency and was not responsible for the collision. Mr. Reiter tried the case in the District Court for Calvert County, Maryland, and skillfully argued for our client’s right to full and fair compensation. Following the presentation of evidence, the trial judge awarded our client $27,096. Our client was overjoyed with the outcome of the case, and like many other injured victims whom ChasenBoscolo has helped, was glad she got a Lawyer that Cared!
$3,000 Auto Accident
$3,000 for Car Accident Shoulder Injury
On January 17, 2012, Mike Reiter went to court on behalf of a client who was injured in a car accident caused by another person’s careless driving. The other driver lost control of his vehicle while switching lanes and crashed into our client’s vehicle. Our client suffered injuries to his shoulder as a result of the accident, and was offered $350 in compensation by the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund. The client refused, and Mr. Reiter filed suit, skillfully arguing the case in the District Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland. After Mr. Reiter’s presentation of evidence, the trial judge awarded the client $3,000. The client was highly satisfied with the outcome of the case and, like many other injured victims whom ChasenBoscolo has helped, was glad he got a Lawyer that Cared!
Confidential Workers’ Compensation
Medical Care for Work-Related Back Injury
On October 12, 2011, Joseph Yahr successfully tried a case in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland. Our client was employed as an assistant manager for a linen company and suffered neck and back injuries from lifting a heavy box at work. Her back injuries were not mentioned in medical records for more than a month after her work accident. As a result, Travelers Insurance refused to accept the back problems as related to the work injury and refused treatment. Even though the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission ruled our client’s back condition was not related to the work accident, Mr. Yahr refused to accept that result. He filed an appeal for our client and successfully convinced a jury that her back injury was work related. Thanks to ChasenBoscolo’s representation, our client doesn’t have to worry about who is going to pay her medical bills—Mr. Yahr made sure Travelers Insurance will. Our client was delighted that she got a Lawyer that Cared!
Confidential Workers’ Compensation
Medical Care and Lost Wages for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
On October 12, 2011, Benjamin Boscolo proved his client’s carpal tunnel syndrome was work related. Our client worked as a data entry clerk for the Prince George’s County Police Department. As a result of typing seven hours a day, five days a week, she developed carpal tunnel syndrome. The police department sent her to a doctor who stated that if she did have carpal tunnel syndrome, it was not caused by work duties. The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission accepted the opinion of the police department’s doctor and denied our client’s request for compensation and medical care. Mr. Boscolo appealed her case to the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. At trial, Mr. Boscolo successfully argued to the jury that the Workers’ Compensation Commission was incorrect, and that our client’s carpal tunnel syndrome was caused by her work duties as a data entry clerk. As a result of the jury’s finding, she is entitled to medical care, payment of her lost wages while unable to work and compensation for her permanent injuries.
$15,000 Auto Accident
$15,000 Verdict for Car Accident Injury
On September 7, 2011, Mike Reiter went to court for a client who was injured in a car accident caused by another person’s careless driving. The other driver failed to control his vehicle while traveling through an intersection, and struck the rear of our client’s car. Our client suffered injuries to multiple parts of his body as a result of the other driver’s negligence. Allstate refused to take responsibility for the accident and offered no monetary compensation. Mr. Reiter filed suit. He tried the case in the District Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, and skillfully argued for our client’s right to full and fair compensation. Following the presentation of evidence, the trial judge awarded our client $15,000. Our client was overjoyed with Mr. Reiter’s representation. Like many other ChasenBoscolo clients, he was glad he made the decision to hire a Lawyer that Cared.
$22,690 Auto Accident
$22,690 for Car Accident Victim
On August 8, 2011, Mike Reiter went to court for a client who was injured in a car accident caused by another person’s careless driving. The other driver failed to yield while making a left turn and struck our client’s car. Our client suffered injuries to multiple parts of her body and significant damage to her vehicle as a result of the other driver’s negligence. State Farm refused to agree to a fair settlement, and in response to their unsatisfactory offer of only $14,210, Mr. Reiter filed suit. He tried the case in the District Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland, and skillfully argued for our client’s right to full and fair compensation. Following the presentation of evidence, the trial judge awarded our client $22,690. Our client was overjoyed with Mr. Reiter’s success and, like many other injured victims whom ChasenBoscolo has helped, glad she got a Lawyer that Cared.
$54,225 Workers’ Compensation
$54,225 for Carpenter Injured in Slip and Fall Accident
On August 16, 2011, Amy Schaeffer successfully tried a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland. Our client worked as a carpenter and injured his lower back when he slipped and fell. He had been represented by another law firm for seven years, but was no longer satisfied with the legal representation and poor customer service provided by the other firm, so he contacted ChasenBoscolo. He asked us to take over his case after the prior law firm attended a hearing which resulted in a 15 percent permanent partial disability ruling, equaling only $18,075. Despite the lengthy case history, ChasenBoscolo agreed to take over the case. Through Ms. Schaeffer’s dedication, skill and willingness to correct an injustice, she successfully convinced a jury that his disability totaled 45 percent, and our client was found to be entitled to $54,225. Congratulations on another victory!
Confidential Workers’ Compensation
Medical Care, Lost Wages and Disability for Giant Food Grocery Cashier
On August 17, 2011, Benjamin Boscolo successfully represented a Giant Food employee at a jury trial in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Our client worked for Giant for more than 29 years and as a result of her duties as a cashier (which included bagging groceries), she developed neck problems. Her neck symptoms progressed to the point that her doctor recommended neck surgery. Our client filed a workers’ compensation claim, which Giant Food denied. Mr. Boscolo argued that the years of bagging groceries constituted repetitive trauma, causing her neck injuries. Giant took the position that our client’s neck injuries were not caused by repetitive trauma and even if they were, Maryland law did not require Giant to pay for injuries resulting from repetitive trauma. The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission first heard the case and ruled that our client’s neck injury was not caused by repetitive trauma and was therefore, not a covered injury under Maryland law. Not satisfied with the unfavorable decision, and never one to give up the fight, Ben appealed the decision to the Circuit Court in order to protect our client’s interests. At trial, Ben successfully convinced the jury that repetitive trauma is an accident under Maryland law and that the Workers’ Compensation Commission was wrong in denying our client benefits. As a result of Ben’s excellent legal effort, Giant Food must now pay for our client’s neck-related medical care, including her neck surgery, her lost wages while recovering from her injury and money for her permanent neck injury. Our client was thrilled with the outcome and grateful that she had a Lawyer that Cared!
$26,912 Workers’ Compensation
$26,912 Payment and $498/week for Injured Drywall Hanger
On July 20, 2011, Amy Schaeffer successfully tried a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland. Our client was injured while working as a drywall installer/painter. She sustained multiple injuries, including to her neck, when she was lifting some debris to put in a trash barrel. Despite the fact that her doctor recommended neck surgery, her employer and the insurance company refused to authorize the surgery. Not satisfied with that decision, we requested a workers’ compensation hearing, and unfortunately, the workers’ compensation commissioner agreed with the insurance company and denied our client’s request for neck surgery. We appealed to the circuit court to correct this injustice. During preparation for the trial, the insurance attorney frequently stated to Ms. Schaeffer that the appeal was a waste of time and we were not going to win. Undeterred, Ms. Schaeffer carefully prepared her case and mapped out her strategy. The insurance company had two doctors on their side versus one for our client.In the end, it didn’t matter because Ms. Schaeffer successfully convinced the jury that our client needed the surgery. As a result, the insurance company is obligated to pay for the neck surgery and awarded past due benefits totaling $26,912 and $498 per week until our client has recovered from the surgery. Our client was thrilled with the outcome since it enables her to receive the necessary medical treatment and financial support during her recovery, and she was particularly pleased with Ms. Schaeffer’s representation.
$180,486 Workers’ Compensation
$180,486 for Injured Shoppers Food Warehouse Employee
On July 20, 2011, Jeff Tittsworth successfully represented our client before the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission and secured a significantly higher settlement than what was initially offered. Our client sustained serious shoulder injuries while hanging display signs when employed by Shoppers Food Warehouse. She required five surgeries, including two arthroscopic procedures and reconstruction of her right biceps, as a result of her injuries. The doctor our client was referred to by Shoppers Food Warehouse indicated that she had impairments of 3 percent to left shoulder and 2 percent to right shoulder, which would have resulted in benefits totaling $2,850. We found this negligent assessment and compensation proposal to be unfair, and we proceeded with the hearing. Thanks to Mr. Tittsworth’s efforts, the Commission ruled that our client had a 50 percent disability and was entitled to $180,486 in damages. We secured substantially greater benefits and far exceeded the insurance company’s doctor’s suggestion—our client got a Lawyer that Cared and was elated with the results.
$21,957 Workers’ Compensation
$21,957 for Delivery Driver Injured at Work
On April 19, 2011, Joseph Yahr secured $21,975 for a Maryland truck driver/delivery man who injured his shoulder. While unloading a truck, our client slipped and fell inside a restaurant. He missed one month from work due to his injuries, before returning full time as a truck driver/delivery man. Since the accident was work-related, we filed a workers’ compensation claim in order for him to secure his lost wages, payment of medical bills and compensation for his permanent shoulder injury. The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission awarded $3,990 to our client for his shoulder injury. Not believing that our client was fairly compensated, we appealed the case to the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. As a result of Mr. Yahr’s successful efforts, the jury awarded our client $21,975, or more than five and half times the benefits originally awarded by the Workers’ Compensation Commission.
$36,790 Workers’ Compensation
$36,790 for Truck Driver Injured at Work
On September 8, 2010, Benjamin Boscolo secured $36,790 for a truck driver/delivery man who suffered a back strain and aggravated underlying degenerative conditions in his lower back. Our client was unloading a truck when he fell backward onto a dock plate and was pinned under a very heavy pallet jack. He missed 2 ½ months from work before returning full time as a truck driver/delivery man. Since the accident was work-related, we filed a workers’ compensation claim for him. The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission awarded $5,130 to our client for his permanent injuries. Not believing that our client was fairly compensated, we appealed the case to the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. As a result of Mr. Boscolo’s successful efforts, the jury awarded our client more than seven times the benefits, which had been awarded by the Workers’ Compensation Commission. Prior to trial, the insurance company offered $5,000 to settle the case. The case remains open should our client’s injuries worsen and he requires additional medical care.
$70,000 Workers’ Compensation
$70,000 in Death Benefits for Wife of WMATA Employee Killed at Work
In September 2010, a client came to our law firm after having been previously represented by three different well-regarded firms. Each of the firms investigated the claim and concluded that the client was not eligible for benefits. Though she came to us discouraged, our new client wanted one last legal opinion before abandoning her claim. Our client was married to a Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) track repairer. On August 9, 2009, while working on the rail tracks, her husband was struck and killed by a vehicle operated by a WMATA employee. Our client filed a workers’ compensation claim for her husband’s death against his employer—WMATA—in the District of Columbia. WMATA denied the claim, challenging the marital relationship and arguing that the couple had separated, were no longer together, and/or did not have a valid marriage. After attending an informal conference before the Office of Workers’ Compensation, it was recommended that our client receive death benefits. WMATA rejected the recommendation and filed for a hearing before an administrative law judge. ChasenBoscolo Attorney Mike Kitzman proceeded to court on our client’s behalf. Through his representation, our client won benefits in excess of $70,000, plus continuing payments to her and her young daughter. Great job Mike!
Confidential Athletic Injury
Lifelong Medical Care for Former Redskins Player with Shoulder Injury
Benjamin Boscolo successfully represented a former Washington Redskins wide receiver. On June 16, 2010, when a jury found that the professional football franchise was responsible for providing medical care for the player’s left shoulder injury sustained when he landed on his left shoulder during a game at FedEx Field in December 2003. Counsel for the Redskins argued employment as a professional football player was hazardous, and the injuries suffered by the player could not be accidental. In rejecting this argument, the jury found the client’s shoulder injury was neither expected nor intended by him when it occurred. As a result, the Redskins will have to provide medical care for the player’s shoulder injury for the rest of his life.
Confidential Auto Accident
Confidential Award for Family of Woman Killed in Car Accident
We represented the family of a Delaware car accident victim who died from the injuries she sustained in the accident. The pre-trial conference was held at the U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
$12,750 Auto Accident
$12,750 for Auto Accident Whiplash Injury
Attorney Jessica Bhagan went to court for one of our clients who was injured as a result of another person’s careless driving. Our client sustained whiplash injuries when her car was rear-ended by another vehicle traveling at a very slow speed. GEICO didn’t believe our client was injured and not only refused to make a fair settlement offer, but refused to make any settlement offer—zero. Jessica filed suit and tried the case in the District Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland on July 25, 2011. After the presentation of the evidence, the trial judge awarded our client $12,750.
$197 Auto Accident
Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Verdict Against Geico
This case is yet another example of an insurance company not doing the right thing and ChasenBoscolo holding it accountable. Our client had a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) policy with GEICO. He had a car accident, which required medical care and treatment. When our client submitted medical bills pursuant to the PIP policy, GEICO refused to pay the full charges of the medical provider. Had we not fought for this client, he would have been responsible for the outstanding balance. Although the difference was only $197.50, ChasenBoscolo Attorney Mike Reiter was not going to let GEICO have its way. We filed suit against GEICO. After a district court trial in Prince George’s County, GEICO lost yet again against a ChasenBoscolo attorney. Even though the disputed amount was small, ChasenBoscolo fought big to hold the insurance company accountable. Our client was delighted with his results and that we held GEICO accountable. Great job Mike Reiter!
$268,758 Workers’ Compensation
$268,758 for Mechanic Hurt at Work
Attorney Tom Teodori recently attended a Maryland Workers’ Compensation hearing that resulted in an award of $268,758 for our client. Our client was employed as a diesel mechanic when he sustained back injuries while working on a fire truck. He underwent years of medical care, including physical therapy, pain relief injections, medications, and surgery on his lower back. Unfortunately, the medical treatment failed to provide our client with the necessary relief to return to his employer of more than 25 years. Taking into consideration his injuries and the impact they had on his ability to earn wages, the Workers’ Compensation Commission found that our client had an 85 percent disability, which equaled $268,758 in benefits.
$182,000 Workers’ Compensation
$182,000 for Train Operator Who Fell at Work
Ben Boscolo successfully convinced a Prince George’s County jury to award $182,000 in workers’ compensation benefits to our client who suffered a pinched nerve when he fell at his job as a train operator. After the accident, our client underwent rehabilitation and returned to work as a bus operator. During his workers’ compensation hearing, our client made an incorrect statement regarding his work status and, as a result, was terminated by his employer and was only awarded $28,270 in benefits. Mr. Boscolo appealed the jury’s decision. The result was an award of $182,000 in permanent partial disability benefits. It was another great outcome for a ChasenBoscolo client.
$493,541 Construction Accident
$493,541 for Laborer Injured at Construction Site
Attorney David Falcon recently settled a claim for a laborer who was working for a construction company in Gainesville, Virginia, on March 18, 2008, when a train cart he was unloading flipped and rolled over on top of him. He suffered severe injuries to all four extremities, and ultimately, underwent multiple surgeries to his arms and legs and was left with permanent nerve damage in his leg and limited use of his left arm. As a result of Mr. Falcon’s representation, the insurance company paid out $493,541 in benefits.
$100,000 Workers’ Compensation
$100,000 for Worker Injured in Fall from Ladder
Congratulations to Amy Schaeffer on securing more than $100,000 in new benefits for our client! Our client fell from a ladder, which caused injury to her back and neck. For the first few years of her injury, she received conservative treatment. When she was initially brought before the Workers’ Compensation Commission, she received a permanent partial disability of 16 percent; however, after our client’s first disability hearing, her disability worsened and she was forced to undergo two back surgeries. Our client then went before the Workers’ Compensation Commission for a second time. The Commission stated her disability had only worsened by nine percent. Neither our firm nor the client agreed with the decision. While the case was on appeal to the Circuit Court, our client was forced to undergo a third surgery. We were able to secure a postponement of the trial to allow time for our client to heal. Then, right before our court date, the Employer/Insurer finally offered our client the money she deserved. More importantly, our client’s right to pursue future monetary benefits and future medical treatment remains intact.
Confidential Workers’ Compensation
Medical Care and Lost Wages for Bus Driver with Occupational Disease
Benjamin Boscolo successfully argued to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals that a bus operator developed arthritis in his knees as a result of 27 years of bending and straightening his knees while driving for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). WMATA argued the arthritis was a product of the driver’s weight and age, but the evidence established the bus operator’s job required him to bend and straighten his knees more than 23,500 times during his career. As a result, the jury found that the arthritis was an occupational disease for bus operators. This verdict will require WMATA to cover three knee surgeries and the time the driver lost from work while recuperating.
$143,000 Workers’ Compensation
$143,000 for Injured HVAC Technician
Benjamin Boscolo successfully represented an injured HVAC technician before a Prince George’s County jury. Based on the client’s neck, shoulder and hand injuries, the Workers’ Compensation Commission determined he suffered from a 34 percent permanent disability. This resulted in the client being entitled to slightly more than $35,000 in benefits. Mr. Boscolo appealed this decision to a jury, which reversed the Commission’s ruling and found that—as a result of the client’s herniated disc in his neck, tendinitis of his shoulder and carpal tunnel syndrome—he suffered a 68 percent disability, entitling him to more than $143,000 in additional, tax-free benefits.
$4,200,000 Construction Accident
$4,200,000 for Injured Construction Worker
Tom Teodori helped settle a claim for more than $4,200,000 for a Prince George’s County man injured at a construction site.
$1,165,000 Workers’ Compensation
$1,165,000 for Worker Who Fell from Roof
David Falcon recently secured $1,165,000 in a Virginia workers’ compensation claim for a worker from El Salvador who sustained serious injuries falling from a roof.
$525,000 Auto Accident
$525,000 for Family of Man Killed in Car Accident
Howard Ackerman and Tom Teodori resolved a disputed Virginia automobile accident claim for $525,000. The insurance company refused to consider settlement until suit was filed. The settlement proceeds were on behalf of the surviving wife and children of a man from Ghana.
$603,000 Workers’ Compensation
$603,000 for Lower Back Injury
Benjamin Boscolo recovered $603,000 in a D.C. workers’ compensation claim for a construction company superintendent who sustained a lower back injury after lifting a box.
$30,000 Workers’ Compensation
$30,000 for Bus Driver with Slipped Disk
Amy Schaeffer recently represented a bus driver for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). While working, he suffered a slipped disk due to the poor condition of his driver’s seat and received medical care for two years. When his case was brought to the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission, it found that he had a 10 percent disability due to the accident and a two percent disability that was present before the accident. Amy disagreed and appealed to the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. Prior to trial, Amy made a settlement demand that equaled the full value of our client’s permanent impairment rating. WMATA refused to respond to our demand because it was “”unrealistic.””
At the trial, our client testified about how his back had impacted his ability to engage in daily activities. The jury found that he had a 31 percent permanent partial disability, and that he didn’t have any permanent disability before the work accident. The jury’s disability rating was the same percentage of impairment our client’s doctor had given him—the same “”unrealistic”” number that WMATA said a jury wouldn’t award. The jury’s verdict meant our client received an additional $30,000 in benefits. Way to go, Amy Schaeffer, for showing WMATA that we’ll fight for our clients!
Confidential Workers’ Compensation
Eight Years of Lost Wages Recovered for Disabled Bus Driver
Benjamin Boscolo successfully obtained almost eight years of lost wages for a bus driver who developed severe arthritis in his knees after 28 years on the job. The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission heard the case but found our client was only entitled to two years of lost pay. Ben appealed the decision and successfully convinced a Prince George’s County jury that our client was entitled to all of his lost wages. Ben is a Lawyer that Cares about protecting his clients’ rights!
Confidential Athletic Injury
Wage and Salary Verdict for WNBA Player
Benjamin Boscolo recently won a significant case on behalf of a professional basketball player. He represented a Washington Mystics player who plays in the WNBA. At issue was how to properly calculate the basketball player’s average weekly wage. The Mystics attempted to argue that the player’s average weekly wage should be determined by dividing the wages paid her during the season, May 15 to September 15, by the total number of weeks (52) in a year. Mr. Boscolo argued that the player’s salary should be determined by the number of weeks during which the player was actually paid (May 15 thru September 15), since professional basketball players are not paid additional salary during the off-season. An additional issue in the case involved the player’s ability to select a doctor of her own choosing to treat her injuries, rather than the Mystics team physician. Mr. Boscolo successfully convinced the judge on both legal issues. As a result, his client’s average weekly wage is three times higher than what the Mystics argued, affording her greater benefits and the right to choose her own treating physician for medical care.
Mr. Boscolo’s skillful representation benefits all the Mystics players. Congratulations to his client—and to Ben himself. The Mystics players are happy they had a Lawyer that Cares!
Confidential Workers’ Compensation
Medical Care and Lost Wages for Injured Painter
Jeff Tittsworth recently won a jury trial for one of our clients in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland. Our client was employed as a painter for the University of Maryland. In 2006, he fell off a ladder, sustaining injuries to his right shoulder that led to a right rotator cuff surgical repair. After the right shoulder surgery, our client found it very difficult and painful to use his right arm to perform overhead activities. Therefore, when he returned to work, he utilized his left arm more.As a result of the repetitive use of his left arm, he developed a left shoulder impingement. The Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund (the insurance company for the University of Maryland) argued our client’s left shoulder problems were not the result of his accident and refused our client medical treatment. Not satisfied with the insurance company’s denial, Mr. Tittsworth requested a hearing before the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission. Unfortunately, the Workers’ Compensation Commission agreed with the insurance company. Still refusing to accept a denial, Jeff Tittsworth appealed the Commission’s decision, and after a trial, he successfully convinced a jury to overturn the Commission’s decision. Our client is now entitled to medical care for his left shoulder, lost wages and compensation for the permanent injuries. Way to go, Jeff! Our client is glad he got a Lawyer that Cared enough to keep fighting the insurance company!
$979,160 Workers’ Compensation
$979,160 for Phone Company Employee Assaulted at Work
Benjamin Boscolo secured $979,160 in a Maryland workers’ compensation claim for a phone company technician who suffered multiple physical and mental injuries when assaulted by a co-worker.
$624,704 Workers’ Compensation
$624,704 for Housekeeper Injured at Work
Benjamin Boscolo negotiated a $624,704 settlement for a housekeeper who was injured while lifting a bucket of water.
Confidential Workers’ Compensation
Medical Care and Lost Wages for Custodian Injured at Work
Benjamin Boscolo successfully tried a jury trial this week entitling his client to a seven-level neck surgery. Ben represented a custodian who had been employed by Washington County Board of Education for 29 years. He was injured when a cafeteria table fell on him and knocked him to the ground. Ultimately, our client was recommended to undergo neck surgery to help his disabling pain. The board of education retained a medical expert to evaluate our client. That doctor reported that our client had a simple neck strain which should have resolved 8-12 weeks after the accident. He also reported our client’s need for neck surgery was not caused by the work accident, but necessary due to arthritis.
At a hearing, the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission agreed with the Board of Education and denied our client surgery. Ben appealed and showed the jury the truth—our client’s need for surgery was caused by the accident. As a result of getting a Lawyer that Cares, our client will be able to undergo the neck surgery, receive wages while recovering from the surgery and will be entitled to permanent disability benefits. Great job, Ben!
$200,000 Workers’ Compensation
$200,000 and Lifetime Medical Care for Bus Driver
Matt Peffer successfully recovered $200,000 and lifetime medical coverage in a D.C. workers’ compensation claim for a WMATA bus operator.
Confidential Workers’ Compensation
$148,956 for Bus Driver Injured in Auto Accident
We represented a truck driver who was injured when he rolled his truck over to avoid smashing into a car that had cut him off. The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission awarded him a 25 percent permanent disability worth $33,375. We appealed to the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, and a jury found that he had a 71 percent disability worth $148,956 in benefits.
$173,600 Workers’ Compensation
$173,600 for Workplace Back Injury
Last week Amy Schaeffer settled her client’s case for an additional $115,000 than was previously awarded by the Workers’ Compensation Commission. Our client injured his back in 2008 while working as a selector. He received treatment and, eventually, job-search services. Throughout much of this time we secured temporary total disability benefits to be paid to our client.
Eventually, however, our client’s condition reached the point of maximum medical improvement and became permanent. At that time, we filed issues for permanent disability benefits. Before the hearing, our client’s former employer offered to fund an annuity with $50,000, which meant he would receive a few hundred dollars a week until the money ran out. Neither Ms. Schaeffer nor our client believed that was enough to compensate our client for the permanent disability he suffered as a result of his back condition.
We proceeded to a hearing and the Commission found that our client had sustained a 40 percent permanent disability as a result of the accident—which equaled $58,600. Ms. Schaeffer did not agree with that finding and recommended an appeal. Our client agreed, and an appeal was filed. Shortly before trial, after much discussion between parties, the employer agreed with Ms. Schaeffer’s point of view and acknowledged our client’s serious injuries as a result of the work-related accident.
Our client settled his case for an additional $115,000 lump-sum payment, with his right to future medical treatment remaining open. Adding the permanent disability benefits awarded by the Commission with the settlement, Ms. Schaeffer secured a total of $173,600 in permanent disability money for our client. Our client will receive about $120,000 more than what the employer originally offered due to Ms. Schaeffer not accepting anything less than what our client deserved and continuously fighting for his rights.
$61,000 Workers’ Compensation
$61,000 and Lifetime Medical Care for Nurse Who Slipped and Fell at Work
ChasenBoscolo Attorneys David Falcon and Geovanni Munoz recently teamed up to achieve a great result for one of our Virginia workers’ compensation clients. Our client worked as a registered nurse for the same employer for 15 years. As she reported to work on a wintry morning in January 2011, she slipped and fell on an icy sidewalk as she approached the entrance to her building. She sustained injuries to her left knee and left shoulder. After she filed a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, the insurance company denied her claim arguing that our client had not yet arrived at work, and thus the insurance company was not responsible for her injuries. Not satisfied with the insurance company’s denial, David requested a hearing on our client’s behalf. Unfortunately, after that hearing, our client’s claim was denied. Not satisfied, David appealed the decision. This time, the Full Commission issued an order awarding our client more than two years of back pay totaling in excess of$61,000 and lifetime medical care for her left knee and shoulder injuries. The insurance company then appealed the decision to the Virginia Court of Appeals, and on May 7, 2013, the Court unanimously affirmed the award of benefits to our client. She was delighted that she had Lawyers that Care and lawyers that were willing to fight the insurance company to the bitter end in order to see justice served. Well done and congrats, David and Geovanni.
$100,000 Motorcycle Accident
$100,000 for Child Injured in Motorcycle Accident
Tom Teodori recently settled a case for a young child for the $100,000 policy limits. Tom’s client was 10 years old and he was a passenger in a motorcycle sidecar. The driver lost control of the motorcycle and the sidecar jumped the curb, struck a tree, and ricocheted off the tree into a fire hydrant. Our client ended up with medical bills totaling slightly less than $6,000. After lengthy negotiations, the insurance company ultimately offered $90,000, refusing to offer the $100,000 policy limit. Not satisfied with this offer, Tom and his client filed suit in order to demonstrate to the insurance company that they would accept nothing less than the $100,000. Within days of the lawsuit filing, the insurance company agreed to pay$100,000. Tom’s client now has a substantial amount of money put aside for his future college education. Although the insurance company wasn’t happy, Tom’s young client and his family were delighted they got a Lawyer that Cares.
$280,000 Workers’ Compensation
$280,000 for Mechanic Hurt at Work
Tom Teodori recently settled a case for $280,000 for a mechanic who was injured when he was sandwiched between two cars. Our client was walking behind his vehicle when a pick-up truck rolled off the back of a flatbed tow truck and crushed him between the vehicles’ bumpers. Our client and his family were glad they had a Lawyer that Cares on their side.
$308,000 Construction Accident
$308,000 for Injured Carpenter
Amy Schaeffer recently settled her client’s case for an additional $119,000. That amount, coupled with the benefits she previously secured for her client, totals more than $308,000 for her client. Ms. Schaeffer’s client worked as a carpenter and while fixing a roof he slipped and fell, striking his arm on the roof.ChasenBoscolo helped obtain the medical treatment our client needed for his arm and neck conditions, as well as securing monetary benefits, enabling our client to support his family while he was recuperating. Unfortunately, our client had permanent problems and he couldn’t return to carpentry work.Our firm advocated for our client to enroll in a job search and job re-training program, during which he was also paid temporary total disability benefits to help support his family.After this program ended, our client sought and received permanent partial disability benefits from the Workers’ Compensation Commission.Ms. Schaeffer did not believe our client had been adequately compensated for his permanent disability by the Commission, and therefore appealed his case to the Circuit Court.While our client’s case was on appeal, Ms. Schaeffer was able to settle his case for an amount that fairly compensated our client for his permanent disability he suffered as a result of his fall.Our client and his family were glad they had a Lawyer that Cares on their side.
$130,000 Workers’ Compensation
$130,000 Workers’ Compensation Settlement for Injured Maintenance Worker
Amy Schaeffer recently secured $130,000 for a client who injured his back removing a radiator in 2012. Our client performed maintenance work for the majority of his career, but after his back injury and subsequent surgery, he could not physically return to working in his field. Ms. Schaeffer fought to get her client into a job search program, during which time he was paid temporary disability benefits in order to support his family. Her client worked hard to help get himself into a higher education program in order to find a new job he could physically perform. Our client’s doctor eventually informed our client there was nothing more he could do to improve our client’s back condition that resulted from the on-the-job accident.
Once our client was safely secured in a higher education program and his future was stable, Ms. Schaeffer fought for our client to be paid $130,000 for his injury, with the right to future medical treatment as a result of the injury remaining open. This could not have been accomplished without the hard-working case manager our client had helping him along the way. We want to say a special thank you to Janette Quintanilla, who also worked with our client to help him get the benefits he deserved.
$45,000 Auto Accident
$45,000 for Auto Accident Victim
Mike Reiter represented a client who was injured in a car crash caused by another person’s negligent driving. The other driver ran a red light, slamming into our client’s vehicle while he had the right of way. Our client suffered a permanent injury to his lower back. Travelers Insurance made no offer and continued to deny liability after suit was filed, arguing the collision was caused by a faulty traffic control device. One month before trial, Travelers Insurance finally changed their stance and settled for $45,000. Our client was happy that Mr. Reiter and ChasenBoscolo are Lawyers that Care.
$100,000 Auto Accident
$100,000 for Rear-End Collision
Mike Reiter represented a client injured in a car crash caused by another person’s negligent driving. The defendant driver failed to control the speed of his vehicle and slammed into the rear of our client’s car. Our client suffered an aggravation of a previous severe condition as a result. Mr. Reiter argued strongly for his client’s right to full and fair compensation and the insurance companies, York Insurance and Erie Insurance, eventually extended their full policy limits, totaling $100,000. Our client was overjoyed with Mr. Reiter’s successful representation and glad he got Lawyers that Care.
$70,000 Bicycle Accident
$70,000 for Cyclist Hit by Car
Mike Reiter recently represented a client injured in a bicycle collision caused by another person’s negligent driving. The defendant driver wasn’t paying proper attention while turning and slammed into the rear of our client’s bicycle while he was in a crosswalk. Our client suffered a torn meniscus and permanent injury to his left knee. Nationwide Insurance and Progressive Insurance failed to make offers and denied liability even after suit was filed. In fact, both insurance companies argued that our client contributed to the crash. After the jury trial started, the insurance companies changed their stance and the case settled for $70,000. Our client was overjoyed with Mr. Reiter’s success and, like many other ChasenBoscolo clients, was glad he got Lawyers that Care.
$140,000 Workers’ Compensation
$140,000 in Benefits and Back Pay for Injured Worker
Amy Schaeffer recently secured an additional $80,000 for a client, on top of the nearly $60,000 she had previously acquired. Our client, who was employed as a painter for an apartment complex, injured her neck and back while removing a liner from a trash can. After a year and a half of medical treatment, our client’s doctor recommended neck surgery. The workers’ compensation insurance company refused to pay for the surgery and cut off our client’s benefits. The insurance company had our client evaluated by two of their doctors who prepared reports which stated that our client did not need surgery. After a hearing, the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission agreed with the insurance company and ruled against our client. Disagreeing with the commission, and believing our client, Ms. Schaeffer appealed the case to the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. Ms. Schaeffer won the trial, thereby entitling our client to the necessary neck surgery as well as about $25,000 in benefits back pay.
Once our client concluded her medical care, Ms. Schaeffer pursued permanent disability benefits for her before the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission. The commission awarded our client benefits, but Ms. Schaeffer believed our client was entitled to more than was awarded, so she filed another appeal. While the case was on appeal, the insurance company offered an additional $80,000. Our client was very happy that Ms. Schaeffer was a Lawyer that Cares who was willing to fight for her regardless of the insurance company’s denials and decisions of the commission. Ms. Schaeffer believed in our client and with lots of time and hard work, secured an additional $140,000 for our client from the insurance company.
$165,000 Workers’ Compensation
$165,000 for Slip and Fall Injury at Work
We represented a laborer who injured his lower back when he slipped and fell in a garage. The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commissionfound that he had a 55 percent disability despite the fact that he was unable to work. We appealed to the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, and the Court found that he was permanently and totally disabled. This resulted in our client receiving weekly benefits for the remainder of his life. The present value of this award is in excess of $165,000.
$200,000 Auto Accident
$200,000 for Car Accident Injury
Mike Reiter represented a client who was injured when another driver collided with the rear of her vehicle. By failing to control the speed of his vehicle, the other driver caused our client to suffer painful injuries to her neck, back and shoulders. Upon learning our client has always experienced driving anxiety, Geico refused to make any offer in an attempt to hold these unrelated health conditions against her. After Mike filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and after the litigation process started, Geico changed their stance and the case settled for $200,000.
$45,000 Workers’ Compensation
$45,000 for Bartender Injured at Work
We represented a bartender who injured his back when he fell through an open trap door. The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission ruled that he only sustained a 26 percent permanent partial impairment. We appealed to better the award for our client. A circuit court jury for Queen Anne’s County found that he had a 60 percent disability, entitling our client to $45,000.
$600,000 Maritime Injury
$600,000 for Stevedore Injured at Work
We settled a longshore case for $600,000 for a stevedore who injured his back when the cab of a crane shook and threw him to the ground.
Confidential Athletic Injury
Wage and Salary Verdict for Professional Soccer Player
We successfully argued that a professional soccer player’s appearance fees and endorsement deals were part of his wages and, therefore, increased the benefits awarded to the player.
$18,200 Auto Accident
$18,200 for Car Accident Claim
State Farm Insurance only offered our client $2,227 to settle a car accident claim. We rejected the insurance company low ball offer and tried the case in court. The judge awarded our client $18,200.
$16,830 Auto Accident
$16,830 for Auto Accident Injury
GEICO offered $5,000 to settle a car accident claim. We tried the case in court, and our client was awarded $16,830.
$70,000 Personal Injury
$70,000 for Client Rejected by Other Law Firm
We agreed to handle a claim for a client after another well-respected law firm told him he didn’t have a case. We settled the case within two months for $70,000.
$100,000 Auto Accident
$100,000 for Rear-End Car Accident
We settled a car accident claim for $100,000 on behalf of a client who was struck from behind.
$2,500,000 Workers’ Compensation
$2.5 Million for Injured Worker
David Falcon’s client suffered catastrophic injuries when he fell two stories while working on a roof in Richmond, Virginia. The accident left him with a severed spinal cord and resulted in the partial amputation of his right leg. Mr. Falcon’s client was told he would never walk again and would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Mr. Falcon and the team at ChasenBoscolo fought to get his client the compensation he deserved, ultimately recovering over $2.5 million in medical benefits and wage loss compensation. Now, after years of intense rehabilitation and the use of a state-of-the-art prosthesis, Mr. Falcon’s client is able to walk again and is ready to begin his new life.
$23,025 Workers’ Compensation
$23,025 for Injured Delivery Truck Driver
When a delivery truck driver with a surgical knee injury first contacted ChasenBoscolo, he considered accepting the insurance company’s offer of $1,278 to settle his claim independently. A few months after retaining ChasenBoscolo, our client was thankful he didn’t. Attorney Jeff Tittsworth took the case to hearing before the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission, and got our client $23,025 in benefits; more than 18 times the insurance company’s low-ball offer. His case remains open should he need additional medical treatment related to his work injury. Great job, Jeff!