Ridge & Downes - Law Firm

23-Year-Old Injures Back and Receives Nearly $50,000

A 23-year-old warehouse worker was injured when transporting a dolly of beers down a ramp. As the beer was not secured properly on the dolly, Petitioner had to stretch and jerk himself forward to avoid the collapse of the beers off the dolly and felt a sudden pop in his back. He noticed immediate pain and was taken to the emergency room.  He was treated conservatively with physical therapy and cortisone injections. When his symptoms did not improve, he was advised that surgery was necessary. This surgery was considered a last resort because Petitioner was so young.  Petitioner underwent partial hemilaminectomy at L4-5 and L5-S1.  Petitioner was off work for 8 months, after which he was released to return to work with a permanent 100-pound lifting restriction.    The case settled for 40% loss of use of man as a whole ($43,200.00). 
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