After months of litigation and a long trial, our client won a big victory against the City of Orlando!!
Our client was a truck mechanic for 20 years, whose arms were worn out by repetitive trauma caused by heavy mechanic work.
Once the workers compensation surgeon said the worker could not return to his job as a mechanic, the City of Orlando forced him out and made him apply for long term disability and social security disability, both of which were granted as a result of the work injury.
After 4 long years, the claimant had his trial before the esteemed JCC Pitts, who saw through the various obstacles the employer tried to use to deny benefits.
JCC Pitts awarded close to 175k in past due permanent and total disability benefits, along with continued medical care and attorney fees & costs.
The City of Orlando’s risk manager, Ray Scullion, was heavily involved in the litigation and even testified live at the trial, along with 2 vocational experts, the claimant’s immediate supervisor David Dunne, and the claimant himself.
The 32 page Order awarding benefits was well written, explaining why the City of Orlando’s defenses for the past 4 years could not justify denying the hard working mechanic his well earned workers compensation.
Another trial victory after a hard fought battle, unfortunately, the employer may try an appeal to avoid responsibility a while longer. Your tax dollars at work.