I&F Successfully Defends Alleged Claim of Permanent & Total Disability
Attorney Lauren Waninski of Inman & Fitzgibbons successfully defended a claim where the claimant alleged he was entitled to a permanent total disability award. The claimant alleged that he was permanently and totally disabled after a hit-and-run accident at work and two lumbar spine fusion surgeries. At trial, I&F introduced evidence refuting the claimant’s alleged accident and established that the claimant failed to produce any evidence documenting he was involved in a hit-and-run. The claimant also failed to produce a the necessary reports and medical records supporting his testimony. The Arbitrator noted the petitioner’s testimony on the issue of accident was outweighed and deemed not credible in light of the more credible testimony and documentary evidenced offered by Respondent. The Arbitrator found the claimant did not establish that he sustained a compensable accident arising out of and in the course of his employment with Respondent. The Arbitrator denied benefits to the claimant and rendered all other issues moot. Inman & Fitzgibbons saved the client over $72,000.00 in disputed medical expenses, over $60,000.00 in disputed TTD benefits, and over $500,000.00 in a potential permanent total disability payout.