A Waste Management worker in his mid 40’s injured himself while pushing a garbage tote to his garbage truck. He was pushing the tote when a heavy load slid forward and tipped backwards, causing him to fall backward and hit his head on the pavement. Initially, he felt pain in his neck, but tried to finish his route. Over the next few hours, pain worsened in his neck and arms. He eventually got neck surgery and as a result of the injuries was unable to return to work as a garbage truck driver.
The Result – $517,000
After five years of benefits and medical treatment for his injuries, a settlement was reached of $517,000.
A 53-year-old employee of Recorder of Deeds (Cook County) tripped while walking through the office on unsafely-maintained rug. She suffered multiple fractures to her right wrist and has had multiple surgeries to repair them, and her hand was left severely impaired.
The Result – $98,878
This case was tried before an IWCC Arbitrator in Chicago, who awarded the Petitioner the equivalent of nearly 100% loss of use of her hand.