Hearing Loss at Work Awarded $1,000,000

The claimant suffered from hearing loss and tinnitus associated with noise exposure at work.  As a result of the hearing loss and tinnitus the claimant suffered from depression.  The employer and Iowa workers' compensation insurance carrier denied the claim and that the condition was related to noise exposure at work.  The parties proceeded to hearing before an Iowa workers' compensation Deputy who disagreed with the employer and insurance carriers and awarded the claimant lifetime workers' compensation benefits.  The insurance company was not happy with the decision and appealed it to the Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner, the district court and to the Iowa Supreme Court.  In all instances Pothitakis Law Firm was successful in keeping the award.  In 2010, Pothitakis Law Firm pursued what is called a partial commutation seeking the payment of all benefits in a lump sum.  This case again proceeded to hearing and the Deputy awarded benefits to be paid in a lump sum amount to approximately $650,000.  Again the Defendants appealed and asked that the decision be overturned.  Pothitakis Law Firm, P.C. defended the appeal and won on behalf of the client.  The claimant's total award of benefits has been approximately $1,000,000 as a result of the hearing loss, tinnitus and depression. 

Awarded: $1,000,000