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What We Do to Help Injured Workers Win Settlements in Pennsylvania

At Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias, we pride ourselves on the work we do for our clients. Each case is different; therefore, examples of our successes should not create an expectation regarding the results we may achieve in any other case. These examples of recent settlements and verdicts are provided simply to illustrate the depth of our experience. Read our clients’ testimonials to learn how we approach and handle each case and make our clients our priority!

Success in a Workers’ Compensation case can mean many things. It can mean a successful appeal. It can mean a successful jury trial. It can mean a successful resolution before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and it can mean litigating two of the largest Workers’ Compensation verdicts in recent years. Recently, our firm settled two separate Workers’ Compensation matters worth $765,000 and $410,000 for clients with catastrophic injuries.

Some of Our Workers’ Compensation Injury Settlement Amounts

$1.5 Million

Our attorneys aided in securing settlements for approximately ten employees of a national grocery store chain resulting in gross settlements of more than $1.5 million dollars.

$1 Million

Greene v. ArcelorMittal Plate, LLC; A pipe fitter severely injured in a steel mill was awarded a $1 million verdict after suffering a fall from a defective ladder on January 12, 2008. The jury found that the defendant’s steel mill was liable for the plaintiffs’ injuries after Media PA Personal Injury attorney George G. Rassias of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias argued during a week long trial that the ladder violated OSHA regulations. The defense maintained the ladder complied with all applicable regulations.

$600,000

Confidential Settlement; Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer, George Rassias settled an automobile accident claim just prior to trial for nearly $600,000 involving significant fractures suffered by his client.

$250,000

Hughes v. Wawa; A 55 -year-old driver suffered injuries to his lower back, along with anxiety and depression as a result of a work accident occurring on November 12, 2001. After numerous rounds of litigation, during which claimant’s Workers’ Compensation lawyer from Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias was successful in protecting claimant’s Workers’ Compensation benefits, our workplace injury attorney was ultimately able to negotiate a settlement of $250,000.00, along with the insurance companies continued obligation to pay for claimant’s medical treatment. Settlement Approved 08/24/11.

$225,000.00

Confidential Settlement. Media Worker’s Compensation lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt, settled the claim of a 49 year old truck driver from Chester County for $225,000.00 in November, 2014.

$200,000

Confidential Settlement. Work Injury Lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias, settled the claim of a 35-year old factory worker from Delaware County, Pennsylvania who was injured in a propane tank explosion in 2011, suffering burns, respiratory difficulties and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for $200,000.00.

$200,000

Confidential Settlement. Workers’ Compensation attorney, Vasil L. Kirifides settled the claim of a 57-year-old Bucks County forklift operator for $200,000.00. The injured worker sustained right leg, hip and low back injuries while lifting a tire at work.

$195,000

Confidential Settlement. Media PA Work Injury Lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt settled the claim of a 58 year old package delivery service worker for $195,000.00. The employee’s lower back injury occurred in April 2008, but the claim was denied by the insurance company, contending that his low back condition was the result of multiple prior injuries. Attorney Schmidt won the Claim Petition by presenting evidence to prove that the work incident aggravated claimant’s pre-existing condition. The employer filed several additional challenges to the injured worker’s benefits, each of which Attorney Schmidt won. In the meantime, the worker was also awarded Social Security Disability benefits. Ultimately, the insurance company agreed to settle the case for $195,000.00 PLUS the ongoing obligation to pay for the Injured worker’s medical treatment – relieving the employee of the difficulty in handling a “Medicare Set-Aside.”

$167,000

Confidential Settlement. Work injury lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt, Esq. negotiated a settlement in the amount of $167,000.00 for a 47 year old Truck Driver injured in Philadelphia, when his vehicle rolled over. Before the settlement, Attorney Schmidt fought and won a Petition to increase the driver’s benefit rate to include his part-time earnings as a substitute school teacher, RETROACTIVELY. This resulted in the insurance company paying a lump sum to the injured worker before even beginning negotiations AND significantly increased the settlement value.

$160,000

Confidential Settlement. Media PA Workers’ Compensation lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt settled the claim of a 38 year old truck driver for $160,000.00. The driver injured her lower back in April 2011, and the insurance company denied her Claim. Attorney Schmidt first fought a Claim Petition and won an award of ongoing weekly benefits and payment for medical treatment. Then, in 2012, the insurance company requested a new medical examination with one of their doctors, and filed a Petition seeking to cut off the recently won benefits. Instead of more litigation, Attorney Schmidt negotiated a settlement with the insurance company.

$150,000

Confidential Settlement.Media, PA Workers’ Compensation lawyer, Vasil L. Kirifides of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias, settled the claim of a 62 -year-old Union Foreman from Chester County for $150,000.00.

$140,000

Confidential Settlement. Mark R. Schmidt, Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias, settled the claim of a 30-year-old union laborer from New Jersey for $140,000.00. The claimant suffered injuries to his neck and lower back while lifting buckets of cement at a Philadelphia construction job site in October, 2010.

$135,000

Dix v. Grieco Management. A 52 year old funeral director slipped and fell on ice in the parking lot, suffering injuries to his right ankle, right shoulder and right side. An insurance company physician determined claimant was able to return to work with certain limitations and the insurance company began vocational rehabilitation. Before litigation started, claimant’s Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation attorney from Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias in Media, Pennsylvania was able to negotiate a settlement of $135,000.00. Settlement Approved 09/20/11.

 

$135,000.00

Confidential Settlement. Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation attorney, Mark R. Schmidt successfully litigated multiple petitions before a Workers’ Compensation Judge on behalf of the claimant, a 54-year-old mental health care aid who suffered injuries to his right foot, right hand, and lower back while trying to restrain a combative patient.

 

$125,000

Confidential Settlement. Workers’ Compensation lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias, settled the claim of a 36-year-old welder from Aston, Delaware County for $125,000.00.

$125,000

Confidential Settlement. Work Injury lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt, Esq., settled the claim of a 52-year-old firefighter from the City of Chester for $125,000.00. The fireman slipped on ice in 2007 injuring his neck, low back and right shoulder.

$125,000

Confidential Settlement. Work injury lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt settled the Workers’ Compensation claim of a 51 year old sheet metal worker in July, 2007 for the amount of $125,000.00. Attorney Schmidt was successful in convincing the Insurance Company to remain obligated to pay for the injured worker’s ongoing medical treatment for the severe low back injury with radiculopathy that he suffered. In 2012 the Insurance Company began to challenge the injured worker’s right to this ongoing medical treatment through a process called Utilization Review. Attorney Schmidt continued to fight for his client, resulting in a Determination that his ongoing treatment is reasonable and necessary, and must continue to be paid for by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Company.

$125,000

Confidential Settlement. Delaware County Workers’ Compensation lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt settled the claim of a 59 year old package delivery driver for $125,000.00. The driver suffered an injury to his left knee as a result of repetitive activity (getting in/out of truck, carrying packages up/down stairs) in 2010. The terms of the settlement also preserved the injured worker’s entitlement to receive his full Pension and the ability to apply for Social Security disability benefits.

$125,000.00

Confidential Settlement. Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation attorney Mark R. Schmidt successfully negotiated a settlement in the amount of $125,000.00 for a 60-year-old ATM repair technician, who suffered an injury to his left wrist. This settlement was in addition to the weekly wage loss and medical benefits.

$120,000

Confidential Settlement. An auto mechanic’s injury claim for torn shoulder tendons and torn rotator cuff was initially denied by the insurance company. Extensive litigation which included expert medical testimony eventually led to an award for the claimant’s Workers’ Compensation benefits. After the court’s decision to award benefits, the employer tried to have the injured worker’s benefits reduced or terminated. In the last seconds of a mandatory settlement meeting, required by the court, Mark R. Schmidt was able to negotiate a $130,000 settlement .

$120,000.00

Confidential Settlement. Media, PA Work Injury lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt, Esq. settled the claim of a 46-year-old Newark, Delaware truck driver for $120,000.00.

$120,000.00

Confidential Settlement. Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer Mark R. Schmidt settled the case of a 41 year old truck driver whose rig overturned on a Pennsylvania highway exit ramp on September, 2011. The insurance Company denied his claim, asserting the laws of New Jersey were to be applied, pursuant to the contract entered by the driver and company. The claim was granted by the Workers’ Compensation Judge and after completing several months of treatment, the parties began negotiating a settlement. A final Agreement was reached for the amount of $120,000.00.

$110,000.00

Confidential Settlement. On December 31, 2015, Media Workers’ Compensation lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt, settled the claim of a 58 year old truck driver from Patterson. NJ for slightly over $110,000.00.

$100,000

Braxmeier v. TSL, LTD.A 36 -year-old truck driver suffered injuries to his shoulder, neck and lower back when his trailer tipped while unloading. An insurance company doctor determined that claimant had fully recovered from his injuries. During the course of litigation before a judge, claimant’s Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias Workers’ Compensation attorney negotiated a settlement in the amount of $100,000.00.

$100,000.00

Confidential Settlement. On November 30, 2015, Media Workers’ Compensation attorney, Mark R. Schmidt, settled the claims of a 71 year old engineer and inventor from Berwyn, PA for a combined total of $100,000.00.

$100,000.00

Confidential Settlement. Media, PA work injury lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias, negotiated a lump sum settlement for a 62-year-old school maintenance worker who suffered a fractured anklewhen he slipped and fell on uneven pavement on the property of the school for $100,000.00.

$100,000

Confidential Settlement. Media, PA Workers’ Comp lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt, settled the claim of Delaware County airline worker who suffered a back injury in 1998 and, after returning to work in 1999, continued to need periodic episodes of disability and ongoing medical treatment. In July, 2013, Mr. Schmidt obtained a lump sum settlement of $100,000 for to fully resolve his client’s Workers’ Compensation Claim.

$97,000

Confidential Settlement. A 44 year old convenience store supervisor sustained numerous injuries when she was assaulted by a police officer. Based on an employer appointed doctor examination, the employer filed toterminate her benefits. Mark R. Schmidt successfully negotiated a settlement of $97,000.00, in addition to the weekly wage loss benefits. Mr. Schmidt more importantly convinced the employer to waive his right to subrogation. This permits the injured worker to keep all funds she may collect in the separate claim against the police officer.

 

$95,000

Confidential Settlement. Media PA Workers’ Compensation attorney, Mark R. Schmidt settled the claim of a Delaware County cement mason. The injured worker received benefits for lost wages and medical benefitsfrom the date of the injury until the date of settlement, despite the insurance company’s multiple Petitions challenging the worker’s right to ongoing medical benefits based on a Utilization Reviewand his right benefits for lost wages based on a Labor Market Survey. Attorney also obtained an additional lump sum settlement of $95,000.00.

$90,000

Staranowicz v. Philadelphia Inquirer.A 42 year old press operator suffered injuries to his lower back when a machine malfunctioned on September 10, 2009. Employer denied the claim, contending that the employee violated the company’s drug use policy. Counsel from Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias convinced the court that the employer did not properly administer their own company policies, thereby rendering the termination of claimant’s employment void. In response to the employer’s appeal, the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board agreed with the Judge and our Workers’ Compensation lawyer’s arguments, that the employer did not follow their own company policies. The claimant’s (alleged) use of drugs was rendered irrelevant, and the award of Workers’ Compensation benefits was upheld, in a Decision dated 09/13/11. In the meantime, after claimant had received his back due Workers’ Compensation benefits, the parties then negotiated a settlement of claimant’s future benefits for the total amount of $90,000.00. Settlement Approved 09/13/11.

$87,500.00

Confidential Settlement. Workers’ Compensation lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias settled the claim of a 57-year old Registered Nurse from Alburtis, Lehigh County for $87,500.00.

$82,500

Confidential Settlement. Media, PA work injury lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias, settled the claim of a 57-year old Hospital delivery truck driver who was injured when a cart rolled over his left foot, resulting in the amputation of his big toe for $82,500.00.

$75,000

Fulton v. Urban Brands.A 37 -year-old clothing store manager suffered multiple injuries when she fell while preparing a display on March 26, 2010. The insurance company’s medical expert determined that she had fully recovered from her injuries. While contesting that conclusion with medical evidence from her treating physicians, claimant’s workplace injury attorney from Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias successfully negotiated a settlement of $75,000.00. Settlement Approved 09/19/11.

$75,000

Clark v. Ranstad.A 32 year old machinist suffered injuries to his right foot after a hydraulic machine dropped a bulletproof windshield onto his foot. The insurance company initially denied his claim, and claimant’s Workers’ Compensation attorney from Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias was successful in obtaining an award on his behalf. During the course of employer’s appeal, claimant’s attorney obtained a settlement for claimant in the amount of $75,000.00.

$75,000

Confidential Settlement. Delaware personal injury lawyer, Lisa Grubb settled a premises liability claim that involved a woman who fell into a sink hole on leased water-front property. The woman’s parents who leased the property had been writing to the property owners for three years complaining of holes and excess water on the premises but the property owners did nothing to rectify the problem. The woman put her foot down onto what appeared to be solid, grass-covered ground and was swallowed up. An underground bulkhead broke her fall and in the process she broke her hip. The injured woman, who was a nurse, underwent laparoscopic surgery for her personal injuries.

$75,000.00

Confidential Settlement. Philadelphia Work Injury lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt settled the Workers’ Compensation claim of 32-year-old old sanitation worker who suffered injuries to his neck and lower back when a defective dumpster fell toward him.

$75,000

Confidential Settlement. Workers’ Compensation attorney, Mark R. Schmidt, Esq. negotiated a settlement of $75,000.00 for a 62 year old school bus attendant. This settlement was significant, because it required the Insurance Company to remain responsible to pay for medical treatment for the work injuries, AND it allowed the injured worker to receive her full Pension in addition to the lump sum settlement.Mr. Schmidt had defeated the Insurance Company in multiple rounds of litigation before the settlement, enabling the Employee to receive wage loss benefits for over 8 years, convincing the Insurance Company to (finally) begin negotiating the Settlement.

$70,000.00

Confidential Settlement. Work injury attorney, Mark R. Schmidt of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias, settled the claim of a 49-year-old marble and tile setter from Philadelphia for $70,000.00. The injured worker was claiming a “repetitive use injury” to his knee, caused by the daily activity of working on his hands and knees to set marble and tile.

$70,000

Confidential Settlement. Attorney Mark R. Schmidt settled the claim of a 31-year old sanitation worker from Norwood, Delaware County, Pennsylvania for $70,000.00. The trash truck worker was struck by a car in 2011, while performing his duties, suffering injuries to his head, neck and back, as well as a mild traumatic brain injury, post concussion syndrome, seizures and cognitive impairment.

$66,000

Tumolo v. Drive Train Exchange. A 28 -year-old mechanic suffered injuries to his neck and lower back while bending over to pick up a part for repairs on January 8, 2010. After initially being awarded Workers’ Compensation benefits, an insurance company medical expert examined claimant and stated that he had fully recovered from his injuries. During litigation to challenge that conclusion, with evidence from his own treating physicians, claimant’s Workers’ Compensation lawyer from Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias in Media, Pennsylvania successfully negotiated a settlement in the amount of $66,000.00. Settlement Approved 10/18/11.

$66,000

Jennings v. Aeriel Signs and Awnings.A 21 -year-old sign installer suffered fractures to both wrists when he fell from a ladder on December 21, 2010. After an insurance company medical expert determined he was able to return to work, claimant’s Workers’ Compensation attorney from the Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias law firm in Media, Pennsylvania was successful in negotiating a settlement for $66,000.00. Settlement Approved 09/22/11.

$65,000

Confidential Settlement. Work injury lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias, settled the claim of a 53-year old Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for $65,000.00. The number of legal issues involved in this case would make for a Law School Final Examination all by itself.

$60,000

Confidential Settlement. Workers’ Compensation lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias, settled the claim of a 48-year old attorney from West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania for $60,000.00. The claimant suffered an injury to his lower back, aggravating pre-existing herniated discs, when he lifted a trial bag full of files in 2008.

$52,000

Confidential Settlement. A 40 year old laborer suffered injuries to his lower back at work on June 3, 2005. After a doctor hired by the insurance company had released claimant to return to work, and claimant had, in fact, already started his own business, claimant’s Workers’ Compensation attorney from Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias successfully negotiated a settlement representing any future Workers’ Compensation benefits the injured worker “might” be entitled to, in the amount of $52,000.00. Settlement Approved 08/24/11.

$50,000.00

Confidential Settlement. Media, PA Workers’ Compensation lawyer, Vasil L. Kirifides, Esq. of the injury law firm of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias, settled the claim of a 49-year-old McDonald’s cook for $50,000. The claimant burned the tip of his right index finger on a grill at work and subsequently underwent a partial amputation of his right index finger.

$46,000

Confidential Settlement. PA Workers’ Compensation attorney, Mark R. Schmidt of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias, settled the claim of a 48-year old airline employee from Wilmington, Delaware for $46,000.00.

$40,000

Confidential Settlement. Delaware County Worker’s Compensation lawyer, Mark R. Schmidt, settled the claim of a year 67 old Sherriff’s Deputy from Chester, Delaware County for $40,000.00.

$125,000

A elderly resident of a nursing home suffered respiratory injuries for alleged inappropriate administration of medications. The allegations focused on the resident’s recent transfer from one facility to another and the failure of the receiving facility to adequately and thoroughly review the resident’s chart and provide adequate care at the new facility consistent with the resident’s condition as identified at the prior facility. The case required the retention of experts in multiple disciplines to address issues of negligence and injury resulting from the negligence. Family members of elderly residents in various facilities should be aware and engaged in the care and treatment plans of loved ones. To achieve this, family members should attend all Care Plan Meetings, frequently visit residents and verify treatment plans are adhered to by caregivers. 

$58,000.00

A motorist suffered shoulder and neck injuries arising out of a rear end collision. She was in the course and scope of her employment at the time of the accident. Although she did not miss any time from work, her medical bills were paid by her workmen’s compensation provider. Therefore, any claim on her behalf required reimbursement to the Workers’ Compensation carrier for medical bills paid on her behalf. The injured party suffered a tear in her shoulder that may require future surgery. Plaintiff did have a workmen’s compensation lien but prior to initiating the third party action against the motor vehicle operator, the law offices of SKR had negotiated an apportionment of any recovery between the lien and the claimant. When a workmen’s compensation carrier pays medical bills or wage benefits, the carrier is entitled to recover its money if the injured worker files an action against a third party actor (other than the employer). It is important that the injured party’s attorney works with the worker’s compensation carrier, keeping the carrier apprised of any litigation developments. In doing so, the attorney may have an opportunity to reduce the lien (monies owed back to the workmen’s compensation carrier) to make settlement with the third party more acceptable to the victim.

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