The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board approves a huge settlement for traumatic injury
- Posted By: Harvey Brown
- March 1, 2012
This is a very significant case for workers’ compensation principles.
This newsletter usually only reports on cases decided in California. The content of this newsletter is to report on a reputed settlement of 8.9 million dollars by way of a structured settlement.
Apparently the applicant fell from a scaffold and his head struck the ground. He suffered a mild traumatic brain injury and a multiple personality disorder. The applicant was only 18 at the time of the injury. The applicant also experienced auditory hallucinations that included hearing human voices.
There were multiple diverse medical opinions. The applicant needed constant medical care and there was an issue of whether he would need home health care versus a rehabilitation facility.
The significant value of the case was in future medical care due to the applicant’s young age at the time of injury. The structure settlement was designed to pay money to a conservator for the applicant’s care.
In high value cases, structure settlements are a value to all parties.