Our client, a food service worker, suffered a hand injury due to repetitive use of a knife and other hand tools on the job. Defendants denied our client’s claim. Riddle & Brantley, LLP brought the case to a hearing in front of a Deputy Commissioner and we received a favorable decision.
Defendants were ordered to pay benefits which accrued during the Defendants denial of the claim, ongoing total permanent disability benefits and attorney fees for an unreasonable defense. Defendants appealed the Deputy Commissioner’s decision to the Full Industrial Commission. Riddle & Brantley, LLP successfully defended the appeal with the Full Industrial Commission. Defendants then appealed the decision of the Full Industrial Commission to the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
Again, Riddle & Brantley, LLP successfully defended the appeal, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals upheld the decision of the Industrial Commission.
After 10 years of payments the claim was settled for an additional $140,000 plus lifetime entitlement to medical treatment.