Workers Lump Sum / Impairment Claims Case Studies
DRIVER SUFFERS BROKEN LEG
As our client was delivering a pizza her car was struck by a car which had crossed in front of her. Our client suffered a broken leg and was conveyed by ambulance to hospital where she remained for several weeks for surgery and recovery.
Our client fortunately made a reasonably good recovery from her injuries and was able to return to work.
Liability was admitted by the insurer and the claim was settled after our client’s injuries had stabilised.
LUMP SUM CLAIM
Our client, as a result of many dedicated years of service with NSW Police, suffered physical and psychological injuries. We successfully pursued claims for lump sum payments for permanent impairment arising out of both physical and psychological injuries.
SLIP AND FALL ON WATER
Our client was a registered nurse who slipped on wet floor when working on night shift. Our client sustained injury to her right shoulder and started to also favour her left shoulder as she was using this more to compensate for her injury.
The insurer only initially accepted one shoulder but we were able to successfully argue at arbitration, that both shoulder complaints were related to her initial injury. This assisted our client in satisfying the threshold of being at least 15% WPI and allowed her to commence a negligence against her employer.
Her claim was recently referred to mediation and resolved for a lump sum which represented a significant component for future economic loss and lost superannuation entitlements.
MAJOR TRUCK ACCIDENT
GM is 54 years of age. He was driving his truck for work when the driver of a Ford motor vehicle with 5 occupants, travelling in the opposite direction, crossed into his lane and the vehicles collided.
Tragically, three of the occupants of the Ford vehicle were killed. The driver sustained catastrophic brain damage and is now in a vegetative state. The accident was caused by the other driver.
GM sustained serious orthopaedic injuries, but more significantly he developed significant psychiatric injures. Because of his psychiatric injuries he will never drive truck. His claim was settled for a considerable sum.
Helen was at work when a hasty cleaner pulled a vacuum cord tripping her up as she walked back to her desk. Helen suffered significant knee injuries that resulted in surgery forcing her to retire early. Helen successfully settled her case outside of court and can now enjoy her retirement with some financial security.
We acted for a man who was injured whilst working as a traffic controller. One of his colleagues was using an “occy strap”, which flung and struck our client in the eye causing total blindness in that eye. Despite our client being able to return to work with his employer his out of court settlement was an excellent result.