Compensation for leg injury at Packer game Wisconsin lawsuit nets $57K settlement amount
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You are not able to sue your company for an injury that happened at work due to workers' compensation laws. If they deny you workers' compensation benefits, you can appeal this decision with an experienced attorney. Warshafksy won a $57,000 dollar settlement for a workplace injury in a football in 1998.
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In October of 1998, 61-year-old Robert was working the “chain gang” for a Packers football game at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, just as he had been doing for the past 34 years. For those not familiar with the job, chain gang workers handle yard markers and keep track of the yardage and downs at football games. You often see them running up and down the sidelines carrying the yard markers. On this day, Green Bay was playing against the Washington Redskins.
As Robert was following the movement on the field and jogging down the sidelines, he stepped in an unexpectedly muddy area. Distracted by trying to get out of the muck with his shoes intact, Robert momentarily took his eyes off the playing field. It was just long enough to miss seeing a Washington Redskins defensive back hurtling toward the sidelines. Suddenly, 200+ pounds of pro football player came crashing into him.
Robert crumpled to the ground underneath the Redskins player. The sickening crunch in his leg turned out to be a broken femur. Ligaments in his right knee were also badly damaged. The hit was so severe, he even had to have part of his intestine removed. Medical bills piled up quickly, totaling more than $30,000. Laid up by the injuries and unable to return to work, Robert sought legal help from the personal injury attorneys of Warshafsky Law.
Warshafsky Law represents injured workers in personal injury lawsuits
While it’s unusual to have a case in which the workplace is a football stadium, Warshafsky Law has represented hundreds (if not thousands) of people in workplace injury suits. Regardless of the workplace, these cases boil down to finding evidence of unsafe working conditions or improper procedures that resulted in a worker’s injury.
The first step is always to conduct a thorough investigation. In this regard, the investigative team of Warshafsky Law is second-to-none. Our seasoned investigators leave no stone unturned when looking into the causes of workplace injuries. In Robert’s case, they learned Milwaukee County employees had left a tarp on the field the night before the game and it had collected water from sprinklers on the field. The employees then pulled the tarp to the sidelines and dumped the water, causing the ground to become muddy. It may have been an innocent mistake, but it ended up causing severe injuries for Robert.
Pre-trial preparation key to Warshafsky Law success
When Warshafsky Law takes on a case, any kind of case, we prepare from day one as though the case will go to trial. This has become an increasingly rare practice among personal injury law firms, as most tend to favor settling cases quickly out of court. However, our experience shows that being ready to take a case before a judge and jury pays off whether we end up there or in a settlement negotiation.
Our motivation is always to secure the highest possible compensation for our clients, and only by being prepared to take a case to court, and even to appeal if necessary, is this possible. As a result, Warshafsky Law has compiled an enviable track record for our clients. Many of these cases were so financially punitive to those responsible as to change the way entire businesses operate. We call these Society Changing Judgments because all of society benefits from outcomes that force businesses to amend their practices.
In Robert’s case, we were more than ready to let a judge and jury hear the whole story, but just before the case was to go to trial, a request for a settlement conference was made by attorneys representing Milwaukee County and the Milwaukee Brewers (co-defendants due to their ownership in the stadium where Robert was injured). As a result of the settlement talks, Robert would receive approximately $57,000, an amount which more than covered his injuries. Although he could hardly walk and was almost disabled by the injuries, Robert was very happy with the settlement. While $57,000 may not seem like much by today’s standards, the award would equate to nearly $99,000 in today’s dollars.
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If you have been injured on the job, do not rush into any agreement for compensation from your employer or anyone else who offers to pay for your injuries. The last thing you want to do is sell yourself short by signing something your employer hands you, especially if you have serious injuries. Instead, take advantage of our offer of a free, no-obligation consultation.
When you meet with us, you will meet with an actual attorney—not a paralegal or a secretary. We will give you our professional assessment of the merits of your case and explain the process of filing a suit. If there are grounds for you to sue and you agree to hire us, we ask for no payment from you until your case has been resolved, either through an adjudicated award or through a settlement.