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Spring 2013 Update For PA Work Comp Lawyer Michael W. Cardamone

Spring 2013 is here and workers’ comp is heating up just like our weather. (ok, the weather SHOULD be heating up) Here are some updates with my workers’ compensation practice:

-Settled a case for $110,000.00 for a client who injured his neck and shoulder in a work-related accident in which a heavy garage door suddenly fell on him. The independent doctor claimed a full recovery whereas the treating doctor said otherwise. We successfully fended off a Petition to Terminate at the Supersedeas level (the initial stage of litigation) allowing my client to continue receiving his work comp checks as the litigation ensued.

-Settled a case for $67,500 for a client who sustained a back and neck injury. We successfully defended a Petition to Terminate his benefits in 2010, keeping his checks coming and recently settled his case for a lump sum payment, allowing him to move on with his life, invest his money, and avoid more demoralizing Independent Medical Exams, surveillance, and late checks.

-Settled a case for $25,000.00 for a client involving carpal tunnel, traumatically induced, when a door slammed shut on her. Treating doctor said work-related injury and surgery needed; IME doctor said not work-related. (incredible- how do they sleep at night??)

-Settled a case for $73,000.00 involving a foot injury from a heavy pipe falling on it.

-Settled a case for $75,000.00 involving a neck and shoulder injury from being struck with a heavy tray of bread, and aggravated from pulling heavy trays on a truck. Once again, the IME doctor claimed a recovery whereas the treating doctor said no way. The varying medical opinions drive litigation in this area of the law.

Remember- all cases are unique and have different settlement factors involved.

-Working on a book that I expect to be published by January 2014. Details to follow as date gets closer.

-Presenting seminar for Lawline.com in May 2013 titled, “Building Blocks For A Successful Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Claim”

-Won Decision for my client in a case involving repetitive work activities. The insurer was especially recalcitrant as it defended the case despite having an indepedent medical report admitting the work-relatedness of Claimant’s condition. Rather than stipulating to a work-related injury, it presented medical records from the panel doctors who weren’t specialists, to try to create doubt. The Work Comp Judge found their evidence to be “utterly unpersuasive”.

-Attended hearing recently in a case where the insurer is trying to establish an earning power for my client with a “funded employment” situation which has gone out of style in PA Work Comp cases. Off the record, the Judge told defense counsel that he isn’t impressed. I have a feeling the insurer will now come a lot closer to our settlement demand. My client is a great guy who is really struggling financially as a result of his work injury. I was his transportation to and from the hearing as he cannot afford a car. It feels great helping all clients, but when they are financially destitute, the feeling is magnified.

-Negotiating several deals involving Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, formerly known as RSD- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. I have a lot of experience with these cases and they are challenging to settle given the need for chronic pain management and the insurer’s insistance on closing off medical benefits as part of a Compromise & Release. Patience really pays off in settlement negotiations. These cases prove that principle.

-Recently settled a case for a client that I am helping pro bono through the Philadelphia VIP Program which provides free legal assistance to city residents who cannot afford an attorney. The case involved a breach of contract stemming from car repairs after an accident. I helped negotiate a satisfactory deal for my client which saved her hundreds of dollars had she gone to trial and lost.

Thank you for reading my blog. If you have any ideas for postings, feel free to let me know via email at Michael@cardamonelaw.com

Awards & Recognitions

Pennsylvania Workmans Comp Attorney
Philadelphia Workmans Comp Lawyer

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

$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
$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

Client Testimonials

"Best Law Firm around!"

"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!"

- C. Edwards
Google Reviews
"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."

- A. Ortiz
Google Reviews
"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.
Google Reviews
"[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.
Google Reviews
"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.
Google Reviews
"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.
Google Reviews
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.
Google Reviews
"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
Google Reviews