I settled a case for my client Gary for $150,000.00 on top of all the medical liens owed — this was new money. This was a Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act case that has a long history. Gary is a hard worker and was injured when pulling on a rope while working on a barge on the Mississippi river.
We pursued the case as a Jones Act case. We took a lot of depositions, but were unsuccessful in pursing it as such. So, we converted it to a Longshore Act case and pursued the case in Federal Administrative Procedure. We mediated the case a couple of weeks ago and brought in an administrative law judge from Virgina who did a great job in mediating the dispute between the parties.
We were able to take care of all of Gary’s liens and the medical he owed back to his health insurance company for the surgery he had received. We were able to take care of any other liens or obligations he would owe in the case and on top of that we got him a $150,000.00 settlement. Gary is a tremendous man and we were really happy to get this great result.