Dave Stern of Pond Lehocky Proves Stroke to be a Work Injury
An overwhelming majority of workers’ compensation cases involve orthopedic injuries. However, David F. Stern, Partner of Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano, recently won workers’ compensation benefits for a client who had suffered a stroke while performing his duties. The stroke left the injured worker paralyzed on the left side of his body and unable to work.
Mr. Stern’s theory of the case was that the stroke resulted from the heavy work his client was performing in an excessively warm work environment. Despite the complexities of proving that the stroke was work-related, Mr. Stern stated: “I was convinced from a factual and medical standpoint that everything pointed to the work being the cause of the stroke.” Mr. Stern recovered both past and future wage loss benefits for his client, valued in excess of $1.1 million. Mr. Stern was also successful in holding the employer liable for payment of all medical bills associated with the stroke.
When asked for his reaction about the win, Mr. Stern commented, “I am ecstatic for our client. He deserved it, and now he is in a much better place. Justice was served.” To read PDF versions of the original stories in both Lehigh Valley Newspapers, see The Express Times and The Morning Call.