In January of this year, the Pothitakis Law firm received an Appeal Decision finding in favor of our injured client. The employee was injured in 2009 while performing work for his employer. He sustained a left shoulder injury that resulted in a surgical procedure. After surgery, the Claimant’s treating physician recommended that he return to work full duty without restrictions. The physician also set forth a 1% impairment.Although the Claimant was able to return to work and perform his job duties, he did so with significant pain and discomfort. The employer and insurance carrier took the position that since the Claimant was able to return to work and earn more money than he had prior to the injury, that he was not entitled to an industrial disability award.The claim proceeded to hearing before the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner. The Deputy Workers’ Compensation Commissioner entered an order awarding the Claimant over 100 weeks of benefits, which with interest amounts to in excess of $65,000. Not happy with the Decision, the Defendants appealed the matter to the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner.In January of this year, an Appeal Decision was filed affirming the Deputy’s Decision and Award. This case illustrates that the employer and insurance carrier’s position that the case is worth nothing does not end the inquiry nor establish the true value of the claim.
The Pothitakis Law Firm, P.C. and Nicholas Pothitakis have represented hundreds of clients over the past decade. Although we believe we provide excellent representation for our clients, the results turn on the individual facts of each case. The determination of the need for legal services and the choice of a lawyer are extremely important decisions and should not be based solely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise. All potential claimants are urged to make their own independent investigation or evaluation of any lawyer being considered.