Maximum Benefits, Medical, Lost Wages and Penalties Permitted Under Workers' Compensation
The material handler prevailed at trail and the arbitrator ordered that the employer pay his lost wages and medical benefits, to the maximum extent allowed under workers’ compensation laws. In addition, the arbitrator awarded approximately $100,000.00 in penalties against the employer for acting in bad faith.
- The Case
A material handler injured his back and neck while moving bundles off a pallet. As a result, attorneys at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates filed a workers’ compensation claim and claimed that he was disabled from his career due to the injury. The material handler underwent extensive vocational rehabilitation to help find him another trade. However, because he had long hair and a beard, the employer, Huck Fasteners, claimed that he wasn’t being cooperative and cut off his benefits, including his weekly wages and medical benefits.
- In Depth Look
The employer claimed that he had to cut his hair as the employer demanded. At trial, Mark Weissburg demonstrated that some of the greatest men in history had hair styles and beards like the material handler. He showed the arbitrator photographs of Ben Franklin and Abraham Lincoln. Weissburg further asked the arbitrator to punish the employer for acting in bad faith.
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