Success Stories

Injured worker wins at hearing! Steve (58 years old) had worked in the construction industry for many years. He had been at his current job for about 4 years when his back started hurting him. He did not know at the time that he could claim a work injury and missed work for 4 months before coming to Harvey and Carpenter. Chris Carpenter put the employer on notice of a Gillette or cumulative trauma injury soon after meeting with Steve. The employer denied the injury and denied proper notice was given. The employer argued that his condition was preexisting, that his prior work likely caused his back condition, and that his age also was a factor, but not his work with the employer. At hearing, the employer conceded that notice was adequate, but still denied an injury occurred. After testimony from various witness, the Court found that Steve did have a work injury and was entitled to 10 months of wage loss benefits.

Brett was a 35 year old who suffered from depression and serious back problems. He had once been on Social Security but lost the benefits when Social Security determined he had improved and no longer disabled. Brett retained Chris Carpenter who obtained more evidence of the extent of Brett’s mental illness. After a hearing with a medical expert, the judge ruled that Brett was disabled and entitled to Social Security Disability benefits.

Chris Carpenter represented an injured worker at hearing relating to his shoulder injury, which happened while working overtime. Even though the Employer and Insurer denied his injuries and had a medical opinions to support their case, Chris was able to persuade the judge that the injuries were work related. As a result, the injured employee’s medical bills totaling more than $15,000 were paid. Chris also obtained an award for over $20,000 in wage loss and disability benefits for his client.

Our client had a work related injury due to a car accident while on the job. Chris Carpenter negotiated a $225,000 settlement for his client plus an agreement with the insurer that his client’s future medical care will be provided by workers’ compensation. This is all in addition to the benefits the client had already received, which totaled more than $150,000.