Injury Law Blog

Jul 19, 2011 | Staff

$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.

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