David F. Stern, Esquire successfully obtained Workers’ Compensation benefits for a certified nurse who sustained a devastating knee injury while at work. Prior to meeting with Mr. Stern, the injured worker had treated with the employer’s own panel doctors for her injury. Although she was initially released to return to work light duty, the employer did not offer any work within the panel’s restrictions, and the injured worker was left with no choice but to stop working.
When she met with Mr. Stern, the certified nurse had been without any income for months. Incredibly, her claim had been denied although she had undergone surgery of the right knee at the recommendation of the Employer’s own panel orthopedic specialist.
Mr. Stern immediately filed a Claim Petition on the injured worker’s behalf. Even after obtaining a report from an independent medical examiner, which confirmed a work-related knee injury, the employer/insurance carrier denied continued to deny the claim and fought the case to the bitter end.
In granting the Claim Petition, the Workers’ Compensation Judge awarded disability benefits, from the date of the injury, and on an ongoing basis, plus interest on delayed payments of compensation. The Employer was also ordered to pay for medical expenses related to the treatment of the work injury.