Tag: workers comp

Settlement

WORKERS’ COMP AND PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS BY TRUCK DRIVER

Case: In re Harold Chamberlin
Court: [Pittsburg County][CJ-10-191]
Result: $535,000 Settlement in PI Claim Plus Worker’s Compensation Damages


Summary:

Mr. Chamberlin was seriously injured while driving his employer’s truck on the job. He was not at fault. A truck owned by another trucking company hit him.

We initially sued on his behalf to collect a workers’ compensation claim against his own employer and succeeded in getting him medical treatment and compensation for a permanent disability.

In the process of pursuing his workers’ comp relief, we learned the at-fault trucking company was carrying an insurance policy for such accidents. We sued that company to collect a personal injury judgment against it, as well. Days before trial, the trucking company settled for “policy limits”. The company paid Harold a $535,000 settlement as compensation for its negligence that caused his substantial injury.

Suspended Sentence

WORKERS COMPENSATION FRAUD

Criminal Charge: Workers Compensation Fraud
Case: State v. Shawn Pye
Court: CF-05-2752, Tulsa County
Result: Suspended Sentence

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Summary:

Some cases that don’t look like victories are in fact acceptable results.

Mr. Pye was charged with worker’s compensation fraud after 2 prior felony convictions. The State alleged he misrepresented the injuries he suffered on the job, took monetary benefits from the State but was seen assisting a race car collision victim from a car at an Oklahoma motor speedway.

State law prohibits suspended sentences when a defendant already has at least 2 prior felony convictions. Mr. Pye was looking at going to the penitentiary for up to 5 years on the fraud case.

Haslam negotiated a plea bargain involving restitution and no time in the penitentiary.