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Corneal Transplant After Work Injury…

Submitted By: Richard (Valier IL, USA)

I was at work and got a piece of metal in my eye which gave it a bad infection and left a corneal scar. I had to have a corneal transplant due to the scar and loss of vision.

I’m still currently under treatment and my vision is still really bad, especially at night. I’m way behind on bills now and still under light duty conditions at work. I’ve missed out on a ton of things because of doctor’s orders.

I was just wondering about what to expect for a settlement and how much I could get out of it?

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Answer

Dear Richard,

Your settlement amount depends on many factors. A Workmans Compensation settlement will usually be substantially less than that of a Non-Workmans Compensation injury. The final settlement amount is often determined by the amount of injuries sustained by the victim. The insurance companies and Attorneys must have some baseline from which to work.

This is all presuming your employer has admitted liability for the injuries sustained. If your employer has not accepted liability then you may have a long and difficult negotiation in front of you.

Another factor which controls the amount of a settlement are the Attorneys involved. If, at the time of your injures you sought out the assistance of a skilled a Personal Injury Attorney, you should be in the clear.

If the case cannot be settled and has to go to trial the end of your case may not be for several years. Although the Courts would prefer all cases move faster, they are bogged down with legal motions and other cases. Patience is a virtue in Personal Injury claims. If you haven’t been through pre-trial discovery yet you will soon found out how time consuming and frustrating the entire process can be.

Eventually the case will come to an end. Right now all you can do is put the case in your Attorney’s hands and then rely on her good judgment. If you have any questions please consult with your Personal Injury Attorney.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: August 25, 2011

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