Keches Law Group obtained a $262,000 settlement for the widow of a paraplegic man who later died of bladder cancer.
In 1974, the injured, an electrician, was hurt while on the job. As a result, he was rendered paraplegic and collected weekly benefits until his death from bladder cancer in October 2020.
The injured’s widow felt there was a connection between the 1974 injury and her husband’s death, but their prior attorney disagreed, and no action was taken.
The case was referred to Keches Law Group in 2021 and became more complicated as the worker’s compensation insurer paying benefits became insolvent. Therefore, under Massachusetts workers’ compensation law, the case had to be brought against the Massachusetts Insurers Insolvency Fund (MIIF). MIIF is a non-profit, unincorporated association of all Massachusetts-licensed property and casualty insurers, created by the Massachusetts legislature to provide protections to claimants in the event an insurance company becomes insolvent.
MIIF denied the claim and made no offer to settle the case. A judge at the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) ordered that approximately $47,000 be paid to the widow. The ordered benefits were paid and three weeks after, a $262,000 settlement was paid as well.