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Injured Worker Vindicated in One of Pennsylvania’s Largest Workers’ Compensation Awards

Contact: Cardamone Law, LLC, (215) 206-9068                                

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Philadelphia, PA, [May 17, 2024] – Attorneys Michael Cardamone and Paul Silver of Cardamone Law, LLC are thrilled to announce the successful litigation of a Claim Petition in what we believe to be one of the largest awards by a Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Judge. After nearly two years of litigation, the Workers’ Compensation Judge rendered a Decision for which the estimated value of past due and future benefits will far exceed $2,000,000.00. The Decision awarded:

  • Back due wage loss benefits from August 2020 to the present, and ongoing indefinitely
  • 10% Statutory Interest for all back due amounts 
  • A 20% Penalty for violating the Act and failing to investigate the claim properly
  • All back due medical bills to be paid, and ongoing indefinitely 
  • An extra 52 weeks of wage loss payments for 20% binaural hearing loss 
  • An extra 275 weeks of disfigurement benefits for scars due to injury 
  • The reimbursement of Cardamone Law’s $12,000 in litigation costs 

Our client, who was 21 years old at the time of injury and does not speak English, was a laborer for a Lead and Asbestos business in the Philadelphia area. He was seriously injured on the job after being hit with blocks of cement and sand from above resulting in injuries to the head, shoulders, back, lungs, ribs, and pelvis, leaving him in a coma for six weeks. In addition to scars, our client also developed binaural hearing loss that made his already challenging communication even more difficult. 

Due to perceived legal complications, a large Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Firm had previously rejected this case. Attorneys Michael Cardamone and Paul Silver were able to accept the case and successfully pursue an effective argument to hold the employer responsible.

This Judge finds the testimony of Claimant’s [pain management] medical expert fully credible and finds as fact that as a result of the work injury Claimant suffered the following diagnoses: posttraumatic stress disorder; severe post-concussive syndrome including headaches, photophobia, memory loss, and problems concentrating; lumbar myofascial pain; compression fractures of the lumbar vertebrae; transverse process fractures; lumbar vertebrae fractures; myalgia; fracture of the left pubis; hearing loss; vision loss; seizure disorder; loss of smell; severe displaced skull fracture; severe intracranial injury including a subarachnoid injury and a subdural hematoma; and pneumothorax and rib fractures including a left lung contusion. Claimant meets the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder set forth in DSM-5. 20. 

This Judge finds the testimony of Claimant’s [otolaryngologist] medical expert  fully credible. As such, this Judge finds that Claimant has suffered a 20% binaural hearing loss as a result of the work injury. This Judge finds that the doctor’s opinion is credibly supported by his diagnostic testing and the 4th Edition of the AMA Guides.

The Workers’ Compensation Judge also denied the Employers’ Petitions to Suspend Benefits, despite their and the insurer’s representation by a large Philadelphia-based defense firm with offices in seven states. 

Attorney Michael Cardamone, owner of Cardamone Law, said, “We are elated that the Judge awarded the massive amount of benefits. Our client will never be the same again, and will likely never work again, sadly.  He has endured so much over the past four years since his injury.  Paul Silver did an outstanding job in the depositions and writing our Brief to the Judge. Another firm in Philadelphia rejected the case, but Attorney Silver and I were able to construct a compelling case for our client.”

Cardamone Law is a Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation law firm with four offices located throughout the state.

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Cardamone Law Has Negotiated Some of the Largest Workers’ Comp Settlements in Pennsylvania

$6 Million
We Assisted Another Firm in Reaching Settlement
$2.2 Million
Spinal Injury
$897,000
Lower Back Injury
$650,000
Lower Back Injury
$550,000
Neck Injury
$425,000
Leg Injury
$375,000
Knee Injury
$325,000
Ankle Injury
& Hundreds More Cases
$6 Million
We Assisted Another Firm in Reaching Settlement
$2.2 Million
Spinal Injury
$897,000
Lower Back Injury
$650,000
Lower Back Injury
$550,000
Neck Injury
$425,000
Leg Injury
$375,000
Knee Injury
$325,000
Ankle Injury
& Hundreds More Cases

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"Cardomone law is absolutely fantastic! They are very responsive and helpful and they will fight to get you what you deserve. Shirley is also very helpful whenever you have any questions! Best Law Firm around!"

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"Michael and Shirley are very dedicated...and getting the maximum amount favorable to my case"

"Cardamone Law Firm were very helpful to me since day one. Michael and Shirley are very dedicated to my case giving me updates, answering my questions, being honest with my case, and getting the maximum amount favorable to my case. Thank you so much for your service and dedication and helping me to achieve not only your case but to guide and refer me in other needs too! You guys are the best law firm friendly and dedicated. I will recommend to anyone."

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"Michael won my workers comp case after my employer insurance denied my claim."

"Exceptional firm. Highly recommend this law firm. Michael won my Workers Comp case after my employer insurance denied my claim. Him and his staff were always at my reach for legal and emotional support. Am so happy I hire them. Thanks Michael and Ms. Shirley."

- Carlos P.
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"[They] did an excellent job in getting me financially compensated in a fairly short amount of time."

"I recently had a work related injury and was receiving Workers' Compensation (medical benefits only). Soon after I was fired, so I contacted Paul Silver at Cardamone Law Firm who did an excellent job in getting me financially compensated in a fairly short amount of time. Paul and his assistant Shirley always responded to any questions I had about the case in a very short amount of time. Thank you for helping me with this difficult case."

- Robin C.
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"Highly recommend."

"Cardamone Law was great with helping my husband with his Workers Comp issues. Mike and Shirley were the best with letting us know what was going on every step of the way. Highly recommend."

- Danielle P.
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"Mike Cardamone is amazing"

"Mike Cardamone is amazing. He is "hands down" one of the best lawyers I've ever had the privilege of knowing. He is very kind, understanding, knowledgeable in his field, always very thorough and helpful. He was extremely professional and someone who truly cares about his clients. I felt completely at ease with him. He was a pleasure to work with, explained everything in detail, as well as answered all my questions with knowledge and care. If you want someone you can trust, who communicates every step of the way, will fight for you and make sure you win your case, he is it! I will refer all my family and friends to him. Thank you so much Mike, for everything. I appreciate all your hard work and dedication in helping me."

- Allie M.
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Without a doubt YOU are the best!!!

"Without a doubt YOU are the best!!! Every person who is in the horrible position of being injured at work should have someone as kind, compassionate and knowledgeable as you on their side. You never once made me feel like I was one of a hundred other clients. I always knew you had my back! You answered calls and emails at all hours. You fought every fight for me so I only had to worry about getting well. Behind your nice, calm face there’s a pit bull ready to take on any employer or judge. I can never thank you enough."

- L. Edall
Google Reviews
"Best Workers' Comp Lawyer!"

"Michael is simply the best! He was there for me from day 1 till the end, and we won the case!! He is always available to help. I had a gazillion questions and he would answer them one by one. He's a great lawyer and I feel lucky to have found him online from reading other outstanding reviews about him. Believe me, they're true!"

- Faith B.
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"Great Attorney"

"Great attorney, handled case quickly and efficiently. I would recommend him and would use him again. He was always available to answer any questions we had. Thank you, Mr. Cardamone."

- H. Anderson
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