Our client was a 56-year-old union welder who was struck by a large, heavy pipe that slipped from a forklift-cable transport, injuring his right knee, right shoulder, back, head, and neck. This Virginia claimant also had a laceration to his head and lost consciousness. The treating doctors opined that the patient had reached maximum medical improvement, and that they had little to offer the injured worker. The claimant was making $24/hour at the time of injury and had previously settled his unrelated Virginia workers comp claim for a finger injury.
In one of the unusual aspects of the claim, our office was shut down when this client was taken, by ambulance, from the meeting with the carrier’s nurse case manager !
An ambulance, firetrucks, and other rescue personnel were summoned to the Landau Law Shop in downtown, Historic District of Herndon as the result of a stress attack. Also, Mr. Landau’s billable hours, at his customary hourly rate, exceeded the percentage (20%) awarded by the D.C. Office of Workers’ Compensation (OWC). He voluntarily asked the OWC for a reduction in the attorney fees in this D. C. Comp case. This was granted by the claims section in its approval of the $200,000 lump-sum settlement.