Case Study - Amputation

Amputation Relegates Construction Laborer to Unskilled Work

NATURE OF CASE: Personal injury litigation stemming from a work-related injury.

OUTCOME: Case settled for $1.5 million, plus payment of a $170,000 Workers' Compensation lien.

ATTORNEY: Brian Heffernan of Engstrom, Lipscomb, & Lack, Century City, (310) 552-3800 represented the plain­tiff. Mr. Heffernan retained Richard Andersen as a Vocational Expert to render an opinion regarding the plaintiff's future earning capacity.

ATTORNEY COMMENT: "In this case, the injury and high tech prosthetics were such that the defense was in a position to argue that the plaintiff would be able to return to the work force without sustaining any signifi­cant diminution in earning capacity. Richard Andersen's insightful analysis exposed a different and more realistic scenario wherein the prospect for this particular individ­ual to realistically achieve and realize his pre-accident earning potential was adversely impacted, thus support­ing an argument for significant economic loss. I was pro­foundly satisfied with Richard Andersen's work product and presentation, consistent with my prior experiences with his firm."

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