Our client is a construction worker for a large railroad track installing company who was working on a railroad-rebuilding project in Illinois. While working on repairing railroad tracks, he fell approximately 20 feet to the pavement below and suffered a severe spinal injury.
We pursued both a Worker’s Compensation case against the employer and a Personal Injury case against the owner of the railroad track.
Given the substantial injury suffered by our client, there was little incentive for the employer to settle the Worker’s Compensation claim because the damage amount is so high. The challenge was establishing the client’s need for continued lifetime medical treatment. This included any surgical procedures that may be required in the future, over the next 15 years or more.
Worker’s Compensation case has a current settlement offer of $300,000, plus all continuing lifetime medical bills.
Our demand for settlement is more than $800,000, plus continuing medical treatment and handicap accessible housing accommodations.