Injured Worker v. Howmet, SIBTF

Practice Area: SIBTFWorkers Compensation
Date: October 30th, 2023
Outcome: SIBTF award for 100% disability (Estimated value in excess of $950,000)

The injured worker suffered a cumulative trauma from 1/1/1988 – 6/23/2020 while working as a machine operator that affected his neck, bilateral upper extremities, spine, left knee, left leg, neurological, and head which resulted to 68% permanent disability and settled by compromise and release for $122,742.50. After the workers compensation settlement, Silberman & Lam, LLP filed for an SIBTF claim. The applicant suffered from several pre-existing medical conditions affecting multiple body parts or systems including kidney stones with hydronephrosis, diabetes mellitus, recurrent syncope, central vertigo, migraine syndrome, sinusitis, atopic dermatitis, erectile dysfunction, vision issues, and psychiatric issues. After thorough discovery, Silberman & Lam, LLP was able to secure an award for 100% disability from SIBTF. The applicant was entitled to back benefits of $70, 331.68 and ongoing benefits of $976.60 less offsets per week increasing each year with a COLA. Based on the average life expectancy, the award has an estimated present value over 950,000