The way our legal system works, you only have one shot to get what you are owed; there are no mulligans or do-overs. That is why it is so important for people with serious injuries to choose a firm with proven results.
While the majority of the cases we handle end with a settlement, we prepare each and every case as if it were going to trial, and it shows in the results we obtain for our clients.
As the summaries below illustrate, when we tell insurance companies that we will fight for our clients in Court if we can’t reach a fair settlement, they know we mean it.
Settlements and judgments vary widely from case to case and are dependent upon the unique facts of each case. Please keep in mind that each of the cases below involved hundreds of pages of records and the short summary describing the case should not be used to gauge how much you can reasonably expect to receive for your injury.
Recent Awards and Settlements
Jay P. v Jones Manufacturing, Inc.
Client injured his low back while lifting a steel plate. An orthopedic spine surgeon recommended low back surgery but indicated the patient should have a bariatric surgery for significant permanent weight loss, which the insurer denied. The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court ordered the insurer to pay for the bariatric procedure to enable the employee to become a candidate for back surgery and to pay for past medical expenses. The client will have back surgery after recovery from the bariatric procedure.
Settlement- $65,000 in a Nebraska workers’ compensation case involving a worker who was walking into work, fell and broke his ankle, and developed complications.
Cheryl C. v Cabela’s
Cheryl injured her back lifting a box of business records. The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court ordered Cheryl’s past medical expenses paid and ordered her employer to pay for her future medical care, including a back surgery. She is entitled to weekly checks while she is recovering from surgery and will be owed additional money for any permanent loss of earning power due to her back injury.
Settlement- $185,000 in a Nebraska workers’ compensation case involving a construction worker who fell and injured his shoulder.
Settlement- $51,000 plus medical expenses for a painter who injured his low back when he fell from a ladder.
Settlement- $100,000 underinsured motorist policy limit settlement on behalf of client struck by a negligent driver with inadequate liability coverage.
Settlement- $150,000 in a Nebraska workers’ compensation case involving a construction worker who was hit by a car while setting our barricades. The personal injury claim against the driver of the car is still pending.
Jesse D. v Drivers Management
Truck driver injured his leg while adjusting the tandem on his trailer. The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court ordered payment for all medical expenses and for the permanent injury to leg.
Settlement- $212,785 in a slip and fall personal injury and Nebraska workers’ compensation case involving a construction worker who injured his shoulder.
Terri F. v Douglas County School District 1
In addition to being ordered to pay for Terri’s future medical care related to her on the job knee injury, the Judge ordered the defendant to pay $4,327.95 as a penalty for their late payment of benefits and an additional $1,500 attorney fee. This case illustrates that insurers need to pay benefits on time or face financial penalties.
Settlement- $55,000 plus all medical bills paid on a Nebraska workers’ compensation case involving a back injury for a truck driver injured while trying to change a tire.
Eric B. v Crete Carrier Corporation
Eric suffered a low back injury after losing control of his tractor trailer on the interstate and ending up in a field. The Judge awarded Eric money for the permanent back injury he sustained in the accident and the resulting inability to return to work as a truck driver. Eric was also awarded vocational rehabilitation benefits so he can return to school to start a new career in a less physically demanding job.
Settlement- $209,500 plus medical expenses for a naturalized but non-English speaking laborer who injured his low back and arm when he fell while repairing a conveyor belt in a salvage yard.
Victoria M. v Crete Carrier Corporation
Victoria was injured when her truck’s collision sensor repreatedly caused the brakes on her truck to engage for no reason, causing a whiplash type injury to her neck. Due to the severity of her neck pain and resulting inability to work, the Judge awarded Victoria weekly workers’ compensation checks for the rest of her life, as well as all future medical care reasonable and necessary for her neck injury. The Judge also awarded an attorney’s fee for Defendant’s failure to timely pay some of Victoria’s medical bills.
Settlement- $95,000 plus all medical bills paid on a Nebraska workers’ compensation claim involving a truck driver who fell off of the stairs of his truck, severely injuring his knee.
Settlement- $120,000 in a Nebraska workers’ compensation case involving a sheriff’s deputy who injured her shoulder during a training exercise.
Cedric Y. v Westward Hospitality
Cedric slipped and fell while working as the executive chef at an Omaha, Nebraska hotel, injuring his ankle. For a number of arguably superficial reasons, including because he had a prior injury to that ankle, the insurer denied his workers’ compensation claim, leaving Cedric out of work for nearly a year without medical treatment. The Judge not only ordered the insurer to pay for treatment and for all of the time Cedric was off of work, he ordered them to pay over $16,000 as a penalty for their unreasonable denial of benefits, and awarded $15,000 in attorney’s fees for their failure to timely pay an outstanding medical bill. We believe this is the highest attorney fee awarded in this type of case in the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court.
Settlement- $260,000 plus all medical bills paid in a slip and fall personal injury and workers’ compensation case involving a truck driver.
Settlement- $30,000 plus all medical expenses paid for a construction worker who fell into an open stairwell on a job site, suffering a low back injury.
Jim C v Crete Carrier Corporation
For reasons unknown, Jim lost control of his tractor-trailer and laid it over on its side. Jim suffered a concussion and low back injury. Crete disputed that Jim suffered any permanent injury, but the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court ruled otherwise. Jim was awarded money for the permanent injury he suffered in the accident and his resulting inability to return to work as a truck driver. He was also awarded vocational rehabilitation so he can receive training or schooling to pursue a new career.
Tom S. v Douglas County, Nebraska
Tom was a law enforcement officer in Omaha, Nebraska who aggravated a pre-existing cervical condition while participating in defensive tactics training. The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court entered an Award for his future medical care as well as his permanent loss of earning power after he could not continue his employment as a deputy.
Settlement- $229,000 plus all medical bills paid in a motor vehicle accident that was both a Nebraska workers’ compensation claim and personal injury case involving a truck driver.
John D. v DDF, Inc
John lost control of his delivery truck on a gravel road and the truck went into the ditch, rolling several times. The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court ordered the defendant to pay the outstanding medical bills and weekly checks for the time John was off of work and treating with doctors. This case is a good illustration that fault is usually not an impediment to recovering benefits for an injury that takes place at work.
Settlement- $120,000 in a Nebraska workers’ compensation case involving a truck driver.
Settlement- $45,000 plus all medical expenses paid for a LPN who slipped and fell while on break and suffered a neck injury.
Settlement- $120,000 plus all medical bills paid in a Nebraska workers’ compensation case involving a truck driver.
Settlement- $145,285 plus all medical bills paid in a slip and fall personal injury and Nebraska workers’ compensation case.
Earl L. v Drivers Management
Earl injured his neck due to the rough ride in his truck and a seat that didn’t work properly. The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court Judge order Werner to pay for his neck surgery and awarded weekly checks for the time Earl missed from work due to this injury and surgery. Earl later received a settlement for the permanent nature of his neck injury.
Settlement- $157,500 settlement plus all medical bills paid in slip and fall personal injury and Nebraska workers’ compensation case involving a truck driver.
Settlement- $210,000 in a Nebraska workers’ compensation case involving a truck driver.
Settlement- $155,908 in a personal injury motor vehicle wrongful death case.
Brett G. v Smeal Fire Apparatus Co.
Brett injured his low back when he fell from a fire truck he was wiring for electronics. The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court Judge awarded our client weekly indemnity checks for the rest of his life and medical care for his injury, which has already included two back surgeries and pain management.
Edward H. v Nebraska Beef, Ltd.
Ed injured both of his hands as a result of repetitive trauma at work. Ed was paid weekly indemnity checks and the Judge awarded future medical care for his injury, which has included two surgeries.
Settlement- $180,000 in a Nebraska workers’ compensation case.
Settlement- $200,000 in a Nebraska workers’ compensation case involving a truck driver.
Bessie H. v Douglas County School District
Bessie injured her knee while working for Omaha’s public school district. The Judge awarded her weekly indemnity checks and the Defendant was ordered to pay for her total knee replacement.
Settlement- $249,000 in a Nebraska workers’ compensation case involving a truck driver.
Angela T. v Harms Oil Co.
Angie’s husband died in an accident while driving a truck for Harms Oil. Angie was awarded weekly indemnity checks for the rest of her life and their daughter was awarded weekly indemnity checks until she turns 19.
Timothy C. v Drivers Management
Tim injured his neck, back, and shoulder in a motor vehicle accident while driving a truck for Werner. Tim was awarded weekly indemnity checks as well as medical care for his injuries, which has included cervical spine surgery and shoulder surgery.
Ron B. v Drivers Management
Ron suffered a foot injury while pushing rolltainers into a store. The Judge awarded weekly checks from the date of injury through the date of trial and going forward, as well as the medical care necessary to treat his injury. At a further hearing, the Judge awarded vocational rehabilitation benefits.
Billy D. v Airlite Plastics
Billy suffered a right hip injury which required a total hip replacement. While waiting for treatment for that injury to be approved, Billy’s left hip became painful. We successfully argued in Court that the altered gait from the first injury caused the injury to the left hip. The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court Judge agreed and ordered the employer to pay for the left hip replacement as well. At a further contested hearing, the Judge approved a vocational rehabilitation plan. Billy later received a settlement for his bilateral hip replacements and the permanent impairment resulting therefrom.
Robby D. v Drivers Management
Robby was hit in the head by a cash register that fell from the top of a pallet when he opened the doors to a trailer. This resulted in an injury to his neck that required two neck surgeries. The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court Judge awarded weekly indemnity checks while Robby was unable to work and ordered Werner to pay for future medical care. Robby later received a settlement for the permanent injury to his neck.
Settlement- $230,000 in a Nebraska workers’ compensation claim involving a truck driver.
Jason B. v Drivers Management
The Judge awarded Jason weekly indemnity checks for the rest of his life as well as future medical care for the back injury he suffered while unloading cargo at a Dollar General store.
Brad L. v Drivers Management
Brad suffered an extensive knee injury while unloading a trailer. He was awarded weekly indemnity checks as well as medical care for his injury, which has included two total knee replacements. Brad later received a settlement for the permanent effects of the injury.
Roy J. v United Electrical Supply
Roy injured his low back moving reels of electrical wire. The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court Judge awarded weekly indemnity checks and the medical care necessary to treat Roy’s injury.