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Illinois Workers’ Compensation Settlement Amounts and Verdicts

Have you suffered a work-related injury in Chicago? It would be difficult to pinpoint the average workers’ compensation settlement amount you could receive, as the numbers vary between people and situations, but you should know that filing a claim is worth your time. However, going it alone may prove difficult, and it’s often best to seek expert help from a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney like those at Rubens, Kress & Mulholland. We’ve helped numerous individuals in Chicago and the rest of Illinois secure impressive workers’ comp settlement amounts for shoulder injuries and much more, and we would like to help you, too. To learn more about the success our attorneys and the people they’ve represented have seen, take a look at the Illinois workers’ compensation settlement amounts we’ve secured.

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Shoulder and rotator cuff workers’ comp settlements

  • $325,000.00 for a laborer who suffered an injury requiring bilateral rotator cuff repairs.
  • $325,000.00 for a warehouse manager who suffered from a rotator cuff injury while moving a ladder at work which required 2 surgeries and resulted in permanent work restrictions.
  • $250,000.00 for a concrete laborer who suffered from a torn rotator cuff with surgery.
  • $225,000.00 for a truck driver who suffered a torn rotator cuff that was surgically repaired.
  • $225,000.00 for a truck driver who suffered from a rotator cuff tear.
  • $215,000.00 (present cash value settlement partially paid in lump sum partially paid in structure) for a sanitation worker who suffered from a torn rotator cuff.
  • $212,347.38 settlement based on an Arbitration award for a nurse who suffered from a torn rotator cuff with multiple surgeries who was given permanent restrictions.
  • $193,000.00 plus funding of a Medicare Set-Aside for a flight attendant that suffered a rotator cuff tear that was surgically repaired but she was not able to return to work.
  • $175,000.00 for a flight attendant with a torn rotator cuff with multiple surgeries.
  • $155,000.00 for a Jewel store manager who suffered from a rotator tear with surgery and permanent restrictions.
  • $125,000.00 for a truck driver with a rotator cuff tear (without surgery).
  • $115,000.00 for a flight attendant that suffered from a torn rotator cuff which required two surgeries. The case went to trial because the employer refused to pay for the second surgery. The case settled after the second surgery was awarded and she completed the surgery and subsequent treatment.
  • $110,000.00 for a janitor with a surgically repaired torn rotator cuff.
  • $103,000.00 for a pilot with a torn rotator cuff with surgery.
  • $100,000.00 for a factory worker with bilateral rotator cuff tears with surgery on one shoulder.

Bicep injury workers’ comp settlements

  • $354.00 per week for life for a truck driver who had a ruptured bicep tendon and shoulder tear with surgery. Total payout based on Petitioner’s life expectancy is in excess of $300,000.00.
  • $375,594.00 for a union carpenter with a surgically repaired bicep tendon.
  • $375,000.00 for a sanitation worker who suffered a torn shoulder in an accident at work which required surgery and left him with permanent restrictions.
  • $250,000.00 plus funding of a Medicare set-aside for a nurse with a shoulder surgery and thoracic outlet syndrome.
  • $250,000.00 for a cashier who suffered from a torn left shoulder which required surgery and could not return to work.
  • $225,000.00 for a maintenance manager who suffered shoulder injuries as a result of a severe electric shock.
  • $206,684.42 for a truck driver with an operated torn shoulder.
  • $200,000.00 for a maintenance technician who required multiple shoulder surgeries as a result of a lifting accident at work.
  • $193,929.00 for a truck driver who ruptured his bicep tendon in the course of his employment.
  • $190,000.00 for a truck driver who suffered a shoulder tear that required surgery.
  • $175,000.00 for a pharmacy tech who suffered a torn shoulder with surgery as a result of being struck by a car in a work parking lot.
  • $175,000.00 for a baggage handler with a shoulder tear that required surgery.
  • $175,000.00 for a Cook County Corrections Officer who was injured while restraining an inmate and suffered from shoulder impingement.
  • $170,000.00 for a ramp serviceman who suffered a torn bicep tendon while working
  • $165,000.00 for a plumber who suffered from an operated torn shoulder.
  • $157,000.00 for an American Airlines fleet service clerk who needed bilateral shoulder surgeries for a work-related accident.
  • $152,000.00 for a truck driver with a fractured clavicle.
  • $150,000.00 for a truck driver who suffered from a shoulder tear with surgery.
  • $150,000.00 for a Cook County sheriff who suffered from a shoulder surgery.
  • $140,000.00 for a union concert and theater worker who sustained a torn shoulder with surgery as a result of a work-related accident.
  • $140,000.00 for a construction worker who suffered from a shoulder tear with surgery.
  • $136,600.00 for an assembly worker with a shoulder injury (heavily disputed causation with an initial offer of $1,000.00).
  • $135,000.00 for a truck driver with an operated shoulder tear.
  • $125,000.00 for a union dock worker with a torn shoulder with surgery.
  • $121,761.50 for a paramedic who suffered a shoulder tear, bicep tear and elbow impingement that required multiple surgical procedures.
  • $120,000.00 for a carpenter/foreman who suffered a torn shoulder while lifting at work.
  • $119,232.32 for a packer who suffered from a torn shoulder with surgery and thoracic outlet syndrome.
  • $115,000.00 for a flight attendant with shoulder impingement.
  • $100,000.00 for a printing press worker who had a shoulder surgery.

Back, Neck and Spine injuries

  • $547.50 a week for life award for a flight attendant with a back surgery. Client was found to be permanently and totally disabled for life at trial and the decision was upheld on appeal. Projected payout based on client’s life expectancy is in excess of $700,000.00.
  • $400.13 per week for life arbitration award for a delivery driver who suffered from a low back injury. The projected total payout is in excess of $500,000.00.
  • $379,900.00 for a union carpenter who suffered a career-ending back injury requiring a lumbar fusion surgery. Our firm won the case at the Arbitrator, Workers’ Compensation Commission and Circuit Court levels before the case was ultimately settled.
  • $375,000.00 for a truck driver who was involved in a trucking accident which caused the need for a lumbar fusion surgery.
  • $300,000.00 for a construction worker who suffered a career-ending injury. 
  • $270,000.00 for an engineer with an operated back.
  • $260,000.00 for a union plumber who suffered a back injury with surgery.
  • $250,000.00 for a truck driver who suffered a back injury which required surgery.
  • $250,000.00 for an R.N. who needed a lumbar fusion at L4-5 during a pushing accident.
  • $240,000.00 for a truck driver with spinal injuries.
  • $225,000.00 for a registered nurse who was injured while moving a patient. Case was tried and won on the issue of whether Petitioner needed a spinal fusion. Case later settled after Petitioner had surgery and finished treatment.
  • $225,000.00 for a warehouse worker with an operated back.
  • $220,000.00 for a tollway supervisor who suffered a back injury requiring a fusion surgery.
  • $200,000.00 for an insurance investigator who was injured during the course of his employment and required a fusion.
  • $190,000.00 for a store worker with an operated spine.
  • $190,000.00 for a factory worker with back and shoulder surgery.
  • $187,000.00 for a factory worker who injured his low back while lifting a piece of steel and underwent a lumbar fusion surgery.
  • $175,000.00 for a warehouse worker with an operated back.
  • $175,000.00 for a truck driver with a low back injury without surgery.
  • $175,000.00 for a ramp serviceman who suffered a neck injury requiring a spinal fusion surgery.
  • $170,000.00 for a printer with a low back surgery.
  • $165,000.00 for an airline baggage handler with a low back injury without surgery.
  • $164,000.00 for a nurse with an operated neck and thoracic outlet syndrome.
  • $160,000.00 for a ramp agent who injured his lumbar spine while pulling a baggage cart.
  • $150,000.00 for a flight attendant with spine surgery.
  • $150,000.00 for a truck driver with an operated low back.
  • $150,000.00 for a truck driver with a low back surgery.
  • $147,242.88 for a plumber with an operated neck and back.
  • $145,000.00 for a flight attendant who suffered a neck injury as a result of an accident that occurred while on an airplane.
  • $137,872.00 for a factory worker with an operated back (heavily disputed causation).
  • $135,000.00 for a truck driver who had a lumbar fusion surgery.
  • $135,000.00 for a messenger who suffered a back injury with surgery.
  • $135,000.00 for a laborer with an operated back.
  • $127,800.00 for a flight attendant with an operated back.
  • $125,000.00 for a truck driver with a repetitive trauma back injury that required surgery.
  • $125,000.00 for a store worker with an operated back.
  • $125,000.00 for a nurse who suffered from an operated back (heavily disputed causation).
  • $125,000.00 for a construction worker with an operated back.
  • $125,000.00 for a worker with an operated spine.
  • $125,000.00 for a flight attendant who suffered a lumbar spine injury while pushing a serving cart.
  • $125,000.00 for an airline ground crew worker with a non operated disc bulge. Case was initially tried within a few weeks after the accident because the employer was denying an MRI and not paying lost time benefits. Following a successful trial the employer paid benefits for over three years until the case settled.
  • $107,000.00 for a warehouse worker who had a low back injury with surgery.
  • $106,000.00 for a truck driver who had a bulging disc as a result of a work injury.
  • $100,000.00 for a warehouse worker who suffered a back injury that required surgery.
  • $100,000.00 for a truck driver with a back injury (case settled after a successful ruling on causation at trial).
  • $100,000.00 for a scale operator who was injured while working and required a cervical spine fusion.
  • $100,000.00 for a metal worker who suffered from a lumbar spine injury with surgery.

Herniated disc workers’ comp settlements 

  • $717.00 per week for life as a result of a permanent total disability award for a special education teacher who suffered from a herniated disc in her low back which required surgery. The employer took the case to the Illinois Appellate Court and lost at every single level. The total payout based on Petitioner’s life expectancy is in excess of $1,000,000.00.
  • $650.40 a week for life arbitration award for a pipefitter who suffered from herniated discs without surgery. Projected payout based on the client’s life expectancy is in excess of $1,500,000.00.
  • $325,000.00 settlement following an award of wage differential benefits for a union pipefitter who suffered a herniated disc from lifting at work. The Petitioner did not have surgery and there was only an offer of approximately $30,000.00 prior to trial.
  • $225,000.00 for a ramp servicewoman who suffered a herniated disc while lifting luggage.
  • $225,000.00 for a pharmaceutical salesman who suffered from a herniated disc with surgery.
  • $165,000.00 for a ramp serviceman who suffered a herniated disc in his low back while lifting freight.
  • $137,000.00 for a worker with a non-operated herniated disc.
  • $135,000.00 for a factory worker with an operated herniated disc.
  • $130,000.00 for a union dock worker with a non-operated herniated disc.
  • $130,000.00 for a truck driver who was involved in a motor vehicle accident and suffered from cervical herniated discs that required surgery.
  • $130,000.00 for a flight attendant with a non-operated herniated disc.
  • $127,500.00 for a flight attendant with an unoperated herniated disc.
  • $125,000.00 for an IT professional who suffered from a cervical herniated disc as a result of a shelf falling on her.
  • $125,000.00 for an airline fleet service clerk who slipped and fell and suffered from a herniated disc with a fusion surgery.
  • $125,000.00 for an airline customer service representative who sustained a herniated disc in her low back.
  • $125,000.00 for a store manager with a herniated disc in her neck.
  • $118,722.00 for a laborer who suffered from a herniated disc with surgery.
  • $102,847.50 for a teacher who fell down stairs while working and suffered a nasal fracture and herniated discs in her lumbar spine requiring surgery.
  • $100,000.00 for a flight attendant who suffered from a non-operated herniated disc.
  • $100,000.00 for a currency exchange worker with a non-operated herniated disc.

Knee, leg & foot injury settlements

  • $350,000.00 for a union plumber with multiple torn tendons in his foot that were surgically repaired.
  • $300,000.00 for a truck driver who had a slip and fall accident while in the course of his employment that eventually led to the need for a total knee replacement.
  • $280,000.00 for a flight attendant who required a total knee replacement after tripping over a passenger in flight.
  • $275,000.00 for a roofer who fell from a ladder and sustained a career-ending injury requiring multiple leg surgeries.
  • $260,000.00 for a carpenter with knee surgery.
  • $245,000.00 plus funding of a Medicare set-aside for a 56 year old ramp service supervisor who underwent a total knee replacement.
  • $238,742.00 for a roofer who suffered a torn meniscus that required surgery.
  • $200,000.00 for a union dock worker with an operated knee.
  • $200,000.00 for a truck driver who suffered an accident that required multiple knee surgeries.
  • $185,000.00 for a flight attendant who suffered a knee injury requiring a total knee replacement while on a layover.
  • $180,000.00 for a cable installer who suffered from a torn knee that was surgically repaired.
  • $175,000.00 for a construction worker who required a total knee replacement as a result of an injury in the course of his employment.
  • $175,000.00 for a cable installer who sustained a knee injury requiring a total knee replacement surgery.
  • $165,000.00 for a delivery driver who was struck by a forklift and suffered a knee tear that required surgery.
  • $150,000.00 plus $57,000 for a Medicare set-aside for a ramp serviceman who injured his knee requiring a surgery.
  • $150,000.00 for a factory worker with two fractured legs with surgeries. Offer of $60,000.00 made the day of the trial. Offer was rejected and the client was awarded total disability benefits for life. Employer appealed the decision and the case settled.
  • $145,000.00 and funding of future medical for a local municipality police officer who had an operated knee and back.
  • $135,000.00 for a messenger who suffered from a fractured leg. Settlement made after penalties and back lost wages were awarded at trial. Employer did not have workers compensation insurance. Settlement made after the trial award was paid in full and the employee was paid several years of additional benefits.
  • $135,000.00 for a teacher’s assistant who underwent a total knee replacement.
  • $135,000.00 for a flight attendant with a fractured foot and knee tear with surgery.
  • $125,000.00 plus partial open medical for a special education teacher with a total knee replacement. Case was settled after it was initially tried and won so that the client could get knee replacement surgery.
  • $125,000.00 for a truck driver who suffered from a knee injury during the course of his employment.
  • $125,000.00 for a maintenance man earning $300.00 a week at the time of his injury who had a knee surgery.
  • $125,000.00 workers’ compensation award against the CTA for a bus driver who suffered a fractured leg and a bulging disc as a result of a slip and fall accident in a CTA garage. The CTA offered $30,00.00 prior to trial.
  • $123,000.00 for a hotel auditor who slipped and fell resulting in a knee surgery and a shoulder surgery.
  • $117,000.00 for a truck driver who fractured his ankle while working.
  • $112,000.00 for a store clerk who had a shoulder surgery and knee replacement
  • $110,480.00 for a key maker with a knee tear that required surgery.
  • $106,000.00 for a factory worker with an operated knee.

Hand, wrist and Carpal tunnel worker’s comp settlements 

  • Approximately $254.00 per week for life award following trial and two appeals for a truck driver who suffered from a fractured wrist with two surgeries. Approximately $90,000.00 paid in back benefits and interest and weekly award has a projected total payout of over $500,000.00 based on life expectancy.
  • $400,000.00 for a temp agency worker who suffered a massive hand injury in a factory.
  • $300,000.00 (plus waiver of statutory amputation payment of $35,000.00) for a machinist who suffered a hand injury with amputated fingers.
  • $258,553.00 for a mechanic who lost two fingers in an injury at work.
  • $225,000.00 for an insurance adjuster who suffered from bilateral carpal tunnel without surgery (paid after initial trial in which causation was found).
  • $212,500.00 for an accountant who sustained a hand and elbow injury requiring multiple surgeries.
  • $210,000.00 for a hospital worker who suffered from multiple hand and arm injuries and back surgery.
  • $205,000.00 for a forensic radiologist that suffered from a TFCC tear with surgery which resulted in permanent restrictions.
  • $190,000.00 for a factory worker with multiple bilateral hand and arm surgeries.
  • $180,000.00 for a factory worker with bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome and a disputed neck surgery.
  • $176,000.00 for an office worker with an operated bilateral carpal tunnel.
  • $173,316.24 for a laborer with an operated fractured thumb.
  • $165,000.00 for a collection supervisor with an operated bilateral carpal tunnel.
  • $160,000.00 for a factory worker with an operated hand.
  • $135,000.00 for a bus driver with a severe hand injury.
  • $130,000.00 for an office worker with operated carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • $120,000.00 for a construction worker with bilateral cubital tunnel syndrome.
  • $120,000.00 for a factory worker who suffered from a fractured wrist with multiple surgeries.
  • $100,000.00 for a laborer with a severe hand injury.
  • $100,000.00 for a concrete laborer with a TFCC tear that required surgery.

Hip injury workers’ comp settlements

  • $159,000.00 for a tow truck driver with multiple injuries including a fractured hip with surgery.
  • $151,754.28 for a flight attendant that fractured her hip when she slipped and fell at a bowling alley while on a layover.
  • $100,000.00 for an engineer who injured his hip requiring a surgery when he was crushed by machinery.

Nerve damage workers’ comp settlements

  • $1,078.00 per week for life arbitration award for a carpenter/supervisor who suffered a nerve injury with surgery. Found to be permanently and totally disabled for life with a projected total payout of well in excess of $1,000,000.00 based on life expectancy.
  • $275,000.00 for a pilot with pudendal neuralgia.
  • $225,000.00 for a flight attendant who suffered from a nerve injury with surgery.
  • $225,000.00 for a warehouse manager who fell on a staircase and required a cubital tunnel surgery. 
  • $200,000.00 plus a Medicare set-aside for a waitress who slipped and fell and suffered a brain injury.
  • $187,000.00 for a part-time worker who suffered from reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
  • $170,000.00 for a ramp serviceman who was diagnosed with myofascial pain syndrome who slipped and fell on ice.
  • $122,500.00 for an injured ramp agent with alleged reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
  • $115,000.00 for a waitress who suffered from reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
  • $100,000.00 for an office worker with non-operated tendonitis.

Death in the workplace settlements

  • $225,000.00 plus $8,000.00 for funeral expenses for a disputed death case that involved a drug overdose that was alleged to be as a result of extreme pain from a failed back surgery.
  • $100,000.00 for the widow of a truck driver who fell asleep while driving his truck which caused an accident that led to his death. The employer had no insurance and agreed to pay this sum from his own assets.

Other work-related injury settlements 

  • $390,000.00 for a UPS worker injured on the job.
  • $268,000.00 for a flight attendant who suffered multiple injuries as a result of two in flight accidents.
  • $255,000.00 (between lump sum and present cash value of annuity) for a union laborer with multiple surgeries.
  • $245,000.00 for a truck driver who had an injury requiring facial surgery.
  • $215,000.00 plus open medical for a flight attendant with multiple injuries, leading to an immune deficiency.
  • $195,000.00 for an airline mechanic who had a traumatic cyst as a result of a work-related injury that required surgery.
  • $195,000.00 for an I.T. manager that was exposed to contaminants at work which caused decreased breathing capacity for which the medication used to treat this condition caused the need for a spinal surgery.
  • $150,000.00 for a 70 year old painter who suffered an electrical shock.
  • $144,577.50 for a laborer (student at the time) who fell and suffered multiple fractures.

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