Recent Settlements & Verdicts
Workers’ Compensation & Personal Injury
Settlements & Verdicts
Media PA personal injury lawyer, George Rassias settled a Reading home health aides premise’s liability case against a homeowner for $25,000 pre-suit. The client sustained a fractured foot when she fell leaving a client’s home. The case was resolved prior to litigation maximizing the client’s recovery by avoiding additional litigation costs associated with a disputed liability slip and fall lawsuit.
Media PA Workers’ Compensation attorney, Mark R. Schmidt settled the claim of a Delaware County cement mason. The injured worker received benefits for lost wages and medical benefits from the date of the injury until the date of settlement, despite the insurance company’s multiple Petitions challenging the worker’s right to ongoing medical benefits based on a Utilization Review and his right benefits for lost wages based on a Labor Market Survey. Attorney also obtained an additional lump sum settlement of $95,000.00.
Media, PA Workers’ Comp lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt, settled the claim of Delaware County airline worker who suffered a back injury in 1998 and, after returning to work in 1999, continued to need periodic episodes of disability and ongoing medical treatment. In July, 2013, Mr. Schmidt obtained a lump sum settlement of $100,000 for to fully resolve his client’s Workers’ Compensation Claim.
Delaware County Workers’ Compensation lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt settled the claim of a 59 year old package delivery driver for $125,000.00. The driver suffered an injury to his left knee as a result of repetitive activity (getting in/out of truck, carrying packages up/down stairs) in 2010. The terms of the settlement also preserved the injured worker’s entitlement to receive his full Pension and the ability to apply for Social Security disability benefits.
Media PA Work Injury Lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt settled the claim of a 58 year old package delivery service worker for $195,000.00. The employee’s lower back injury occurred in April 2008, but the claim was denied by the insurance company, contending that his low back condition was the result of multiple prior injuries. Attorney Schmidt won the Claim Petition by presenting evidence to prove that the work incident aggravated claimant’s pre-existing condition. The employer filed several additional challenges to the injured worker’s benefits, each of which Attorney Schmidt won. In the meantime, the worker was also awarded Social Security Disability benefits. Ultimately, the insurance company agreed to settle the case for $195,000.00 PLUS the ongoing obligation to pay for the Injured worker’s medical treatment – relieving the employee of the difficulty in handling a “Medicare Set-Aside.”
Media PA Workers’ Compensation lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt settled the claim of a 38 year old truck driver for $160,000.00. The driver injured her lower back in April 2011, and the insurance company denied her Claim. Attorney Schmidt first fought a Claim Petition and won an award of ongoing weekly benefits and payment for medical treatment. Then, in 2012, the insurance company requested a new medical examination with one of their doctors, and filed a Petition seeking to cut off the recently won benefits. Instead of more litigation, Attorney Schmidt negotiated a settlement with the insurance company.
Delaware personal injury lawyer, Lisa Grubb settled a premises liability claim that involved a woman who fell into a sink hole on leased water-front property. The woman’s parents who leased the property had been writing to the property owners for three years complaining of holes and excess water on the premises but the property owners did nothing to rectify the problem. The woman put her foot down onto what appeared to be solid, grass-covered ground and was swallowed up. An underground bulkhead broke her fall and in the process she broke her hip. The injured woman, who was a nurse, underwent laparoscopic surgery for her personal injuries.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation attorney Mark R. Schmidt successfully negotiated a settlement in the amount of $125,000.00 for a 60-year-old ATM repair technician, who suffered an injury to his left wrist. This settlement was in addition to the weekly wage loss and medical benefits.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation attorney, Mark R. Schmidt successfully litigated multiple petitions before a Workers’ Compensation Judge on behalf of the claimant, a 54-year-old mental health care aid who suffered injuries to his right foot, right hand, and lower back while trying to restrain a combative patient.
Philadelphia Work Injury lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt settled the Workers’ Compensation claim of 32-year-old old sanitation worker who suffered injuries to his neck and lower back when a defective dumpster fell toward him.
Delaware personal injury lawyer, Lisa Grubb settled an auto accident claim of a Claymont, Delaware woman who was travelling southbound on Philadelphia Pike when she was t-boned by a vehicle coming from a parking lot and attempting a left turn onto Philadelphia Pike. The client sustained multiple injuries including a closed head injury. The fact that the client had two previous auto accidents, the most recent only 5 months prior, added to the complexity of this case.
Media, Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Attorney Mark R. Schmidt settled the claim of a 28 year old Certified Nursing Assistant, who suffered injuries to her wrist when she was assisting a heavy patient who rolled onto her arm. Although the Insurance Company acknowledged the injury, they did not pay her lost wages due to being disabled, and also denied some of her medical bills. The settlement achieved by Workers’ Compensation attorney Schmidt covered all of the employee’s medical bills, lost wages and “a little extra”.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer Mark R. Schmidt settled the case of a 41 year old truck driver whose rig overturned on a Pennsylvania highway exit ramp on September, 2011. The insurance Company denied his claim, asserting the laws of New Jersey were to be applied, pursuant to the contract entered by the driver and company. The claim was granted by the Workers’ Compensation Judge and after completing several months of treatment, the parties began negotiating a settlement. A final Agreement was reached for the amount of $120,000.00.
Media, PA workplace injury attorney Mark R. Schmidt fought and won the Workers’ Compensation claim of a 54 year old home health aide who was injured in the home of the resident she was caring for in June, 2011. Both claimant and employer presented the testimony of medical testimony who offered completely opposite opinions about the nature and extent of claimant’s injuries. In the large majority of Workers’ Compensation cases that are brought before a Judge this is the decisive factor: which evidence does the Judge believe? As a result, every injured worker needs the skill and experience of an attorney who knows the law and the strategies that will be effective in winning the case.
Delaware County work injury attorney Mark R. Schmidt fought and won the Workers’ Compensation claim of a 34 year old landscaper who suffered injuries to his neck and left hand when he slipped and fell down stairs at a job site. The Insurance Company denied that his injuries were disabling, and later obtained surveillance of his activities they felt certain would convince the Judge that he was faking his injury; however, the defendant was ultimately prohibited from presenting any medical evidence at all.
Work injury lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt settled the Workers’ Compensation claim of a 51 year old sheet metal worker in July, 2007 for the amount of $125,000.00. Attorney Schmidt was successful in convincing the Insurance Company to remain obligated to pay for the injured worker’s ongoing medical treatment for the severe low back injury with radiculopathy that he suffered. In 2012 the Insurance Company began to challenge the injured worker’s right to this ongoing medical treatment through a process called Utilization Review. Attorney Schmidt continued to fight for his client, resulting in a Determination that his ongoing treatment is reasonable and necessary, and must continue to be paid for by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Company.
Work injury lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt successfully litigated a claim for a 47 year old attorney, who suffered from complications arising from the medications taken to relieve the pain of his work-related low back injury. The insurance company had accepted responsibility for a low back injury. The injured worker began to experience gastrointestinal symptoms over a prolonged period of time, resulting in extreme weight loss. The treating physicians ordered a variety of diagnostic studies, that the injured worker had to pay for “out of pocket”, because the insurance company denied the symptoms were related to the work injury. The Court ultimately accepted Atty. Schmidt’s arguments, based on the medical evidence, that the symptoms were a complication from the medications prescribed to relieve his pain. The insurance company was ordered to reimburse all of the injured worker’s out of pocket costs.
Workers’ Compensation attorney, Mark R. Schmidt, Esq. negotiated a settlement of $75,000.00 for a 62 year old school bus attendant. This settlement was significant, because it required the Insurance Company to remain responsible to pay for medical treatment for the work injuries, AND it allowed the injured worker to receive her full Pension in addition to the lump sum settlement. Mr. Schmidt had defeated the Insurance Company in multiple rounds of litigation before the settlement, enabling the Employee to receive wage loss benefits for over 8 years, convincing the Insurance Company to (finally) begin negotiating the Settlement.
Work injury lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt, Esq. negotiated a settlement in the amount of $167,000.00 for a 47 year old Truck Driver injured in Philadelphia, when his vehicle rolled over. Before the settlement, Attorney Schmidt fought and won a Petition to increase the driver’s benefit rate to include his part-time earnings as a substitute school teacher, RETROACTIVELY. This resulted in the insurance company paying a lump sum to the injured worker before even beginning negotiations AND significantly increased the settlement value.
An auto mechanic’s injury claim for torn shoulder tendons and torn rotator cuff was initially denied by the insurance company. Extensive litigation which included expert medical testimony eventually led to an award for the claimant’s Workers’ Compensation benefits. After the court’s decision to award benefits, the employer tried to have the injured worker’s benefits reduced or terminated. In the last seconds of a mandatory settlement meeting, required by the court, Mark R. Schmidt was able to negotiate a $130,000 settlement .
A 44 year old convenience store supervisor sustained numerous injuries when she was assaulted by a police officer. Based on an employer appointed doctor examination, the employer filed to terminate her benefits. Mark R. Schmidt successfully negotiated a settlement of $97,000.00, in addition to the weekly wage loss benefits. Mr. Schmidt more importantly convinced the employer to waive his right to subrogation. This permits the injured worker to keep all funds she may collect in the separate claim against the police officer.
Greene v. ArcelorMittal Plate, LLC
A pipe fitter severely injured in a steel mill was awarded a $1 million verdict after suffering a fall from a defective ladder on January 12, 2008. The jury found that the defendant’s steel mill was liable for the plaintiffs’ injuries after Media PA Personal Injury attorney George G. Rassias of Schmidt, Kirifides & Fridkin argued during a week long trial that the ladder violated OSHA regulations. The defense maintained the ladder complied with all applicable regulations.
Tumolo v. Drive Train Exchange
A 28 -year-old mechanic suffered injuries to his neck and lower back while bending over to pick up a part for repairs on January 8, 2010. After initially being awarded Workers’ Compensation benefits, an insurance company medical expert examined claimant and stated that he had fully recovered from his injuries. During litigation to challenge that conclusion, with evidence from his own treating physicians, claimant’s Workers’ Compensation lawyer from Schmidt, Kirifides & Fridkin in Media, Pennsylvania successfully negotiated a settlement in the amount of $66,000.00. Settlement Approved 10/18/11.
Jennings v. Aeriel Signs and Awnings
A 21 -year-old sign installer suffered fractures to both wrists when he fell from a ladder on December 21, 2010. After an insurance company medical expert determined he was able to return to work, claimant’s Workers’ Compensation attorney from the Schmidt, Kirifides & Fridkin law firm in Media, Pennsylvania was successful in negotiating a settlement for $66,000.00. Settlement Approved 09/22/11.
Dix v. Grieco Management
A 52 year old funeral director slipped and fell on ice in the parking lot, suffering injuries to his right ankle, right shoulder and right side. An insurance company physician determined claimant was able to return to work with certain limitations and the insurance company began vocational rehabilitation. Before litigation started, claimant’s Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation attorney from Schmidt, Kirifides & Fridkin in Media, Pennsylvania was able to negotiate a settlement of $135,000.00. Settlement Approved 09/20/11.
Fulton v. Urban Brands
A 37 -year-old clothing store manager suffered multiple injuries when she fell while preparing a display on March 26, 2010. The insurance company’s medical expert determined that she had fully recovered from her injuries. While contesting that conclusion with medical evidence from her treating physicians, claimant’s workplace injury attorney from Schmidt, Kirifides & Fridkin successfully negotiated a settlement of $75,000.00. Settlement Approved 09/19/11.
Staranowicz v. Philadelphia Inquirer
A 42 year old press operator suffered injuries to his lower back when a machine malfunctioned on September 10, 2009. Employer denied the claim, contending that the employee violated the company’s drug use policy. Counsel from Schmidt, Kirifides & Fridkin convinced the court that the employer did not properly administer their own company policies, thereby rendering the termination of claimant’s employment void. In response to the employer’s appeal, the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board agreed with the Judge and our Workers’ Compensation lawyer’s arguments, that the employer did not follow their own company policies. The claimant’s (alleged) use of drugs was rendered irrelevant, and the award of Workers’ Compensation benefits was upheld, in a Decision dated 09/13/11. In the meantime, after claimant had received his back due Workers’ Compensation benefits, the parties then negotiated a settlement of claimant’s future benefits for the total amount of $90,000.00. Settlement Approved 09/13/11.
Irving v. Chester Water Authority
A 40 year old laborer suffered injuries to his lower back at work on June 3, 2005. After a doctor hired by the insurance company had released claimant to return to work, and claimant had, in fact, already started his own business, claimant’s Workers’ Compensation attorney from Schmidt, Kirifides & Fridkin successfully negotiated a settlement representing any future Workers’ Compensation benefits the injured worker “might” be entitled to, in the amount of $52,000.00. Settlement Approved 08/24/11.
Hughes v. Wawa
A 55 -year-old driver suffered injuries to his lower back, along with anxiety and depression as a result of a work accident occurring on November 12, 2001. After numerous rounds of litigation, during which claimant’s Workers’ Compensation lawyer from Schmidt, Kirifides & Fridkin was successful in protecting claimant’s Workers’ Compensation benefits, our workplace injury attorney was ultimately able to negotiate a settlement of $250,000.00, along with the insurance companies continued obligation to pay for claimant’s medical treatment. Settlement Approved 08/24/11.
Clark v. Ranstad
A 32 year old machinist suffered injuries to his right foot after a hydraulic machine dropped a bulletproof windshield onto his foot. The insurance company initially denied his claim, and claimant’s Workers’ Compensation attorney from Schmidt, Kirifides & Fridkin was successful in obtaining an award on his behalf. During the course of employer’s appeal, claimant’s attorney obtained a settlement for claimant in the amount of $75,000.00.
Braxmeier v. TSL, LTD
A 36 -year-old truck driver suffered injuries to his shoulder, neck and lower back when his trailer tipped while unloading. An insurance company doctor determined that claimant had fully recovered from his injuries. During the course of litigation before a judge, claimant’s Schmidt, Kirifides & Fridkin Workers’ Compensation attorney negotiated a settlement in the amount of $100,000.00.
After winning a Court Decision for wrongfully denied benefits, Media PA Workers’ Compensation attorney. Mark R. Schmidt obtained a settlement for 47-year-old High School cafeteria worker, representing over six years of future Workers’ Compensation benefits. The injured worker suffered injuries to her lower back when she slipped and fell on ice in the School’s parking lot while walking to her car. After her benefits were denied, she turned to Attorney Schmidt who won a Court Decision awarding the claimant benefits dating back to the date of the incident. After receiving the back due money, Mr. Schmidt negotiated a lump sum settlement, recovering an additional six years worth of future benefits.