Our client was injured on the job when he fell off a forklift and broke his pelvis. The client was airlifted to a hospital where he had a difficult hospital stay. The insurance company tried to avoid liability by claiming that the worker was injured due to being under the influence of drugs. They fired the worker and refused to pay for any of his medical bills. He was unable to work for months, began walking with a cane and had no medical care. Attorney Benjamin Lynch hired a toxicologist to review the medical records and determined that the client’s alleged intoxication was a result of pain medication he received from medical professionals following the injury. The insurance company was forced to accept responsibility and provide physical therapy, which was previously denied. Attorney Lynch filed a lawsuit alleging “bad faith” and “penalty benefits” of the insurance company for improper investigation and treating the worker so poorly.
Soon after the petition was received by opposing counsel, Hupy and Abraham received a phone call offering to accept responsibility and settle the claim. The negotiations resulted in nearly $100,000.00 worth of medical bills being reimbursed by the employer, as well as an additional $75,000.00 for the worker’s industrial disability. When the client was informed of the news he began shouting for joy and said “you just made my year!” Without the help of Hupy and Abraham, this injured worker would have been taken advantage of by the insurance company and received nothing.