workers comp really does not compensate. As the late, great Professor Larson told me at a luncheon for the oldest (he) and youngest (me !) authors for Mathew Bender Publishing (now Lexis-Nexis),
“Workers Compensation was designed to be a relatively quick administrative PARTIAL wage replacement and medical bill payment system only.”
Doug Landau’s client’s pre-injury average weekly wage was $1,082.78. While she was able to return to work, we put in a claim for permanency payments, as they can be paid even when a client is earning more than their pre-injury wages. The treating orthopedic doctor gave the claimant a permanent partial disability (“PPD”) PPD ratings of 6% to the upper extremity (12 weeks = $8,472); 7% to the left hand (10.5 weeks = $7,413); and 69% to the fingers. The insurance carrier disputed the claim for upper extremity permanency benefits.
The client is a middle-aged woman who is now unable to do any exercising involving her left hand. Mr. Landau’s client came to the Herndon office in order to demonstrate that she is unable to do any heavy lifting with her left hand and wrist. Mr. Landau was able to get the claim settled favorably without the need for, and expense of, a Hearing on permanency and the attendant delay that a decision, appeals and other litigation would require. If you or someone you know has a permanent injury as the result of an injury, call ABRAMS LANDAU today. We help people every day who have serious, permanent and disfiguring injuries. As with this Nordstrom employee, we were are often able to get the maximum compensation benefits for the people we represent.