Settlement reached over woman’s work-related hip injury
Often, when people in Saint Paul are injured at work, the actual pain stemming from their injuries may not be the worst thing they are forced to deal with. Rather, it could be learning to cope with the limitations that their injuries now place on them. People typically derive a great deal of satisfaction from their careers. When those careers are taken away from them, it may be akin to one losing his or her sense of identity. On top of that, there is the financial uncertainty that those whose work-related injuries keep them from returning to their careers must also face.
A Connecticut woman has been experiencing the same sort of concerns as she has worked her way through a lawsuit seeking workers’ compensation benefits from her former employer. The woman broke her hip while at work, which forced her to seek pain management treatment. She then moved on to needing psychiatric care after she was told by her employer that her injury had hindered her capacity to do her job. She was forced to sue after the company after it questioned how extensive her injury truly was. Ultimately, both sides were able to negotiate a settlement agreement.
This case is also unique in the fact that a pre-existing condition contributed to the woman’s injury. The brittleness of her bones was attributed to her having cancer. Yet her doctor still declared her injury to be work-related. Oftentimes, employers and their workers’ compensation benefit carriers will cite such conditions or other non-career related factors that may have influenced an injury in an attempt to not have to pay. Those finding themselves needing to fight for such benefits may want to enlist the help of an experienced attorney.
Source: Connecticut Law Tribune “Nurse Injured on Job Awarded $200,000 Workers’ Compensation Payment” Storace, Robert, Feb. 01, 2018