$220,000 Settlement

June 6, 2012

A union pipe fitter sustained injuries to his left thumb while performing his job duties. He underwent surgery and began receiving workers’ compensation benefits. The injured worker developed shoulder problems as a result of the injury, due to the inactivity of his left hand and thumb. Frank Ciprero filed a petition to expand the description of the work-related injury to include the left shoulder. The employer voluntarily agreed to recognized the left shoulder. The employer later filed a modification petition, alleging that the injured worker could work in some capacity. Mr. Ciprero also filed a petition to expand the description of the work injury, after the worker developed an overuse injury in his right hand. Mr. Ciprero challenged the employer’s modification of benefits after sending the injured worker to an impairment rating evaluation (IRE) because the IRE request was not timely. The case ultimately settled for $220,000.00.

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