On October 6, 2021, an arbitration panel awarded $1,780,000 to a former dialysis technician suffering from a severe back injury. In 2015, the plaintiff was hurt when a break room cabinet at his employer’s clinic detached from the wall and fell on him. Prior to becoming a client of Keches Law Group, another lawyer turned down the dialysis technician and his case.
59-Year-Old Dialysis Technician Alleges Significant Lumbar Radiculopathy with Foot Drop
The dialysis technician, 59 years old on the date of his injury, sued the general contractor hired to build out the clinic in 2011, the company that manufactured the cabinet, and the company that installed the cabinet on the wall. Plaintiff alleged the cabinet was not properly installed into the studs, and that cabinet had been installed in drywall only. Further, he alleged the screws used to install the cabinet could hold the cabinet on the wall for a period of time. However, with normal use, the unfounded screws would wiggle lose until the cabinet ultimately fell off the wall.
Because of the incident, Plaintiff alleged that he suffered significant lumbar radiculopathy with foot drop. Plaintiff underwent physical therapy and extensive injections and nerve blocks. Ultimately, Plaintiff’s orthopedic surgeon recommended a multi-level lumbar spinal fusion. Plaintiff, however, declined the surgery due to the associated risks and poor likelihood of improvement. Further, Plaintiff alleged that because of his injury, he was permanently and totally disabled.
Arbitration Panel Awards Plaintiff $1,553,000, Including Interest, After Deduction for Prior Settlement
Plaintiff went to trial against all three defendants in March 2020. The case ended in a mistrial on day four due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He subsequently settled his claims against the general contractor and cabinet manufacturer for $225,000.
In September 2021, Plaintiff arbitrated his case against the cabinet installer. The arbitration proceeded over the course of three full days with 16 witnesses called to testify, including six expert witnesses. Following deliberations, the arbitration panel awarded Plaintiff $1,553,000, including interest, after the deduction for the prior settlement of $225,000.
The case was tried by Jason Markle and William Raymond of Keches Law Group in the third-party claim. Subsequently, Jason Markle and Claudine Cloutier of Keches Law Group arbitrated the case. Joseph Culgin of Keches Law Group represented the plaintiff in the workers’ compensation claim.
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