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Our 77-year-old client was involved in a motorcycle accident two months following spinal fusion surgery. The effects of the accident were not felt until more than a month after the incident. The insurance company claimed that any medical bills and pain were related to our client’s pre-existing medical condition. They offered a $100,000 bodily injury policy limit.

We referred our client to an expert neurosurgeon, whose examination strengthened our client’s claim. Still, the insurer refused to make an offer.

We filed a complain for arbitration, and sought damages plus interest on any arbitration award. On the eve of the arbitration hearing, the insurer offered the underinsured policy limit of $150,000 on top of the $100,000 bodily injury limit.

A worker lowering a ladder was electrocuted and suffered severe burns and amputations as a result of improperly mounted high voltage wires.  Permanent injuries prevented the 29-year-old man from ever returning to work as a roofer.  Attorney Sabra obtained a settlement for the worker with a present value of $3.15 million.  Attorney Sabra also negotiated a settlement of his worker’s compensation claim with a guaranteed benefit of $1,121,925.00 and an estimated lifetime benefit of $2,250,475.00.  For more read: Worker’s Comp Settlement, Second Chance Article
A 26-year-old woman injured in a motor vehicle accident with a drunk driver.  Multiple injuries including fractured nose, hip dislocation, shattered pelvis, fractured ankle, and internal bruising.  Medical bills of approximately $190,000.00 and lost wages of $15,000.00. Plaintiff returned to work in six months.  Claim brought against the motor vehicle operator as well as the liquor liability defendant.  Liquor liability corporate defendant defaulted.  Case proceeded on a Motion to Assess Damages. Judgment of $3,000,000 entered against corporate defendant.
A worker sustained a severe crushing injury to his right dominant hand while operating a press machine during the course of his employment. Attorney Aspden obtained a settlement against the manufacturer of the machine in the amount of $490,000 and then settled the worker’s compensation claim for $364,000.
A tanker truck driver was involved in a motor vehicle accident as a result of the negligence of another driver on Route 24.  Attorney Sabra obtained permanent and total disability benefits for the injured worker and eventually settled the worker’s compensation case for a present value of $750,000. In addition, Attorney Sabra pursued a case against the negligent driver and obtained a policy limit offer of $100,000.  A petition was filed in the Bristol County Superior Court for approval of the settlement.  Attorney Sabra was successful in persuading the judge to approve the settlement with no money going to the worker’s compensation insurance carrier to satisfy their lien.
A severely disabled 21-year old man choked to death in the care of a residential facility. Attorney Sabra filed court action for lack of supervision, negligence and wrongful death. After extensive litigation, the case was settled at mediation for the sum of $550,000.
A 68-year-old grandmother was killed on Route 195 when her car was struck by another car merging onto the highway causing it to roll over with two grandchildren in the back seat.  Case settled for $550,000.
A 58-year-old woman involved in motor vehicle accident sustained an aggravation of an extensive preexisting condition in her neck requiring surgery.  The claim settled with the at-fault party’s insurance company for the policy limit of $100,000.00.  Attorney Sabra then presented a claim pursuant to the client’s underinsured automobile policy.  The underinsured claim was settled for $450,000.00 two days before the arbitration hearing was scheduled to begin.
A 35-year-old man was killed and his wife and 2 young children were injured in a single car accident. Suit was filed against the auto manufacturer alleging a defective reclining seat gear mechanism caused the driver’s seat to fall back resulting in the loss of control by the decedent operator. Attorney Aspden successfully negotiated a settlement of $500,000.
The client was the divorced father of the victim.  The mother of the victim took control of the case to the exclusion of our client and stated that she would not allow any money to be paid to our client, the divorced father.  Attorney Sabra filed court action in the Bristol County Probate Court to prevent the mother from taking all the money for herself.  The matter was eventually resolved between all the parties and our client received an equal portion of the settlement.
Client was injured when a small dumpster on wheels located on a loading dock rolled off its platform landing on the client’s left leg.  The primary defendant was uninsured and out of business.  Attorney Sabra pursued the case against the property owner and the owner of the dumpster and the matter was eventually settled after court action was filed for $500,000.
A 55-year-old man was killed while using a lift, which crushed him against an overhang.   The widow was receiving work related death benefits.  The matter was referred to Attorney Sabra after another attorney told the client that there was no third party claim.  Attorney Sabra pursued a case against the manufacturer of the machinery.  The case was recently settled after litigation in the Federal Court.
A city police officer was on a commercial building in an attempt to apprehend a suspect.  The officer was descending a ladder when a rung came loose causing the police officer to fall approximately 12 feet to the roof below.  The officer sustained a comminuted tibia and fibular fracture of the right leg.  Suit was filed against the tenant and the building owner for failure to inspect and maintain the ladder. Attorney Sabra successfully settled the case at mediation approximately one month before trial for $440,000.  The lien from the city employer for benefits paid pursuant to G.L. c. 41, Sec. 111F and the interest of the city retirement board were resolved at mediation. The police officer will remain on accidental disability retirement at his full monthly benefit for the remainder of his life.   For more read: Officer Sues Dealership
A 5-year-old girl was a front seat passenger in a motor vehicle when it was struck by another motor vehicle.  The minor child suffered facial lacerations.  Total medical expenses were $31,000.  Attorney Sabra filed court action against both the driver and the owner of the other vehicle.  After hearing, a judge issued an award of $330,816 for the minor child and $50,000 for the father for his loss of the child’s society, companionship and comfort.
A 28-year-old man injured in a motor vehicle accident while working as an EMT.  Client suffered a back injury, which eventually required surgery.  The insurance company for the at fault driver offered only $30,000 contending that any treatment after the first few months was related to a pre-existing condition.  Attorney Sabra filed court action on the case and the matter was eventually heard by an arbitrator who awarded $375,000.
A 46-year-old woman was a passenger in a motor vehicle that was struck from behind.  The client sustained injuries to her lower back.  The defendant contended that this was a minor motor vehicle accident and that the client had a pre-existing condition.  Attorney Sabra filed court action and the matter was eventually heard by an arbitrator who awarded damages in the amount of $360,000.
A 56-year-old woman suffered fractures to all four extremities in a head on collision with a commercial vehicle. Attorney Aspden successfully negotiated a settlement of $300,000.
A 48 year-old man from Somerset, Massachusetts sustained a fractured wrist and a fractured leg when the motorcycle he was operating collided with a motor vehicle taking a left turn. Since the operator of the motor vehicle also owned a motor vehicle insured on the date of the accident, Attorney Sabra was able to obtain a settlement from both insurance companies for the operator and owner of the motor vehicle. The case settled for the total policy limits available of $270,000.00. Attorney Sabra settled the case within two months of the accident and without having to file court action.
A 77 year old Swansea man had spinal fusion surgery two months before his motorcycle accident. He did not initially complain of back pain after the accident, but did so about a month later. The insurance company claimed that any medical bills and pain were related to his pre-existing medical condition. Court action was filed and after written discovery and depositions, the $100,000 policy limit was offered. In addition, Attorney Sabra successfully obtained the maximum policy limit of $150,000 on the eve of an arbitration hearing pursuant to the client’s own underinsured motorist policy, for a total settlement of $250,000.

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Russ L. of Somerset, MA was operating his motorcycle when he was struck by another motor vehicle. Attorney Sabra settled the case four months after the accident for the full policy limit of $250,000.
61 year old Fall River man was crossing the street when he was struck by a motor vehicle and sustained multiple injuries. The operator of the motor vehicle was not cited by the Fall River police. Attorney Sabra settled the case five months after the accident for the full policy limit of $250,000.
A 38-year-old man suffered a partial amputation to his leg in a single car accident. Despite allegation of alcohol consumption on the part of the plaintiff, Attorney Aspden successfully negotiated a settlement of $240,000 alleging a defective braking system in the motor vehicle.
The client was injured in an intersection motor vehicle accident.  Injuries were to the client’s neck and back.  The client had a pre-existing neck injury.  Attorney Sabra filed court action and the case was settled for $235,000 present value.
A 73-year-old woman slipped and fell on an accumulation of water at a national grocery store.  The woman sustained a left tibia and fibula fracture, a bimalleolar ankle fracture requiring surgery and a meniscus tear of the knee.  Client was admitted into rehabilitation center for 3 months with a long leg cast.  The grocery store denied fault.  Attorney Sabra settled the case for $225,000.
A 52-year-old man from Bristol, Rhode Island sustained a fractured wrist and a separated shoulder when the motorcycle he was operating collided with a pickup truck taking a left turn. The client did not lose any time from work. Attorney Sabra was able to settle the case for $200,000.00 without having to file court action.
A 44-year-old letter carrier was delivering mail when she slipped and fell on homeowner’s walkway.  The owner had applied water sealer and no warning signs were placed in the area.  Client sustained a fractured ankle requiring two surgeries.  The homeowner’s insurance carrier denied fault.  Court action was filed.  Attorney Sabra settled the case at mediation for $200,000.
A 67-year-old man slipped and fell on ice on property owned by a national chain donut shop when water sprinklers were left on in November.  Client sustained a fractured ankle.  The donut shop denied fault.  Attorney Sabra settled the case for $190,000.
An elderly Somerset woman fell outside a commercial property and suffered a fractured femur.  Liability was contested by the insurance carriers.  Attorney Aspden was able to negotiate a $180,000 settlement.
A 36 year old teacher involved in a motor vehicle accident in which her car was struck in the rear. She suffered from acute neck strain and ulnar nerve entrapment requiring surgery.  The at fault party’s insurer paid their policy limit of $20,000.

An underinsured motorist claim was then presented through the teacher’s insurer.  No offer of settlement was ever made by the underinsured carrier and Attorney Sabra was forced to file court action in the Superior Court.  Case proceeded through arbitration and claimant was awarded $179,747.53 which included interest.

A count for violation of M.G.L. c. 93A/176D (Consumer Protection Statute) remains pending in the Superior Court.

A 9-year-old child was bitten by the defendant’s dog on the defendant’s premises.  The dog was chained. The minor child sustained a scar to his face.  Attorney Sabra filed court action and the case was eventually heard by an arbitrator who awarded $153,111.
An 18-year-old woman was rear-ended while stopped to make a turn at an intersection.  The client suffered soft tissue injuries to her neck and back.  The insurance carrier offered only $20,000.  The case was heard by a jury in Newport, Rhode Island.  Attorney Aspden persuaded the jury to award $150,000 and with interest the total award was $241,479.45.
A 21 year old female was a passenger in a boat when an engine fire occurred.  She suffered second degree burns on her legs.  Suit was filed against the boat owner and the company who had done maintenance on the boat’s engine.  After extensive litigation, Attorney Sabra was able to resolve the matter at mediation for $150,000.
A 40-year-old woman slipped and fell in parking lot of commercial building due to accumulation of snow and ice.  Client fractured her ankle requiring surgery.  Client had conferred with another attorney who stated she did not have a case.  Attorney Sabra filed a lawsuit against the owners of the building and the matter was settled for $140,000.
A 37 year old Westport man was involved in an automobile collision in Rhode Island and suffered a back injury.  The nature and extent of the injury was contested by the insurance carrier.  Attorney Aspden was able to negotiate a $135,000.00 settlement.
A 29 year old man was riding his bicycle when the owner of a parked car opened the driver’s side striking the cyclist causing him to fall to the ground.  The man sustained a tear to his shoulder which required surgery.  Suit was filed and Attorney Sabra was able to resolve the case at mediation for $115,000.
A 50 year old Fall River man was struck and killed by a motor vehicle when he was crossing the street. Attorney Sabra filed suit immediately.  Although criminal charges against the operator were dismissed, Attorney Sabra was able to settle the case for the policy limit of $100,000 within three months.
53 year old Dartmouth man sustained multiple injuries when the motor vehicle he was operating was struck from behind. Attorney Sabra settled the case against the other driver’s insurance company for the full policy limit. He also was able to obtain the maximum additional damages from the underinsured policy within three months of the accident.
A Dighton, MA woman who was operating a motor vehicle in the course of her employment in Swansea, Massachusetts was involved in a motor vehicle accident as a result of the negligence of another driver.  Following prolonged litigation, Attorney Aspden was able to settle the third-party claim for $100,000.00. This settlement was achieved despite the insurance company’s claim of a pre-existing injury.
A 55-year old-client, who was a nurse in a local hospital, was a passenger in her husband’s car when it collided with another motor vehicle.  The client sustained an aggravation of a preexisting condition in her lower back requiring surgery.  The insurance companies blamed each other for the accident.  In addition, the insurance companies stated that our client only suffered a strain in the accident. One insurance company made an offer of $4,500.00.  A lawsuit was filed by Attorney Sabra and the matter was heavily litigated before the insurance companies finally agreed to arbitrate this claim. At arbitration, the insurance companies had an orthopedic surgeon testify that client only suffered a strain. Attorney Sabra conducted a cross examination of the orthopedic surgeon.  The arbitrator awarded $100,000.00.
A 43 year old woman sustained an aggravation of a preexisting back condition when the motor vehicle she was operating was struck by another motor vehicle in a parking lot.  The woman was forced to undergo surgery and Attorney Sabra was able to settle the case for the policy limit of $100,000.
A 40 year old Rehoboth woman suffered a foot injury in a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Ohio. The person who caused the accident was a resident of Ohio. Medical bills were $6,000.00. Attorney Sabra was able to settle the case without court action for the policy limit of $100,000.
A 36 year old woman was involved in a motor vehicle accident in which her car was struck in the rear. She suffered an acute back injury requiring surgery.  She wanted to accept insurance offer of $3,000.00 prior to hiring Attorney Sabra.  Insurance company claimed that back injury was only an aggravation of a preexisting condition.  Attorney Sabra was able to prove that the injury was not an aggravation but a new injury and settled for the insurance company’s policy limits of $100,000.
A 55 year old Fall River woman suffered injuries to her neck and back when the motor vehicle she was operating was struck by another motor vehicle. Attorney Sabra was able to settle the case without court action for $90,000.00.
A 64-year old Fall River man injured his knee and strained his lower back in a motor vehicle accident.  The at fault party paid their policy limit of $25,000 and the client received $8,000 in Personal Injury Protection benefits.  The claim was submitted to the client’s own insurance company for under-insured motorist benefits.  The insurance company refused to make any offer.  Attorney Sabra took the matter to arbitration and received a total damage award of $73,000 which yielded a net amount to the client of $40,000 and post award interest.
A 48 year old Fall River woman was involved in an automobile collision in which she alleged multiple injuries.  The woman had numerous significant pre-existing conditions.  The insurance company alleged that the impact was minor and the injuries, if any, were not significant.  Attorney Aspden was able to negotiate a $60,000.00 settlement.
A 71-year-old woman tripped and fell over a car stop suffering injuries to her spleen and left knee.  The business owner’s insurance company insisted that they were not responsible because the car stop was an open and obvious condition.  Attorney Sabra filed a lawsuit arguing that that the car stop was a dangerous condition especially in light of the fact that it was right in front of the front door.  The case was settled shortly after court action was filed in the amount of $57,500.00.  More importantly, as a result of this case, the business removed all of its car stops in its parking lot.
A 40-year-old woman was running when she was attacked by a Rottweiler, which caused a meniscal tear in her knee. Attorney Aspden obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $57,000.
A 38 year old Somerset man sustained neck and back injuries when his motor vehicle was struck by another motor vehicle. Attorney Sabra filed suit against the at fault party. After extensive litigation, the case was heard at arbitration and the arbitrator awarded $52,679.80.
A 62 year old Fall River man suffered multiple fractures after being struck by a motor vehicle while operating his bicycle.  Attorney Sabra was able to settle the case for the policy limit of $50,000.00 without filing court action.
A 49 year old Somerset woman involved in motor vehicle accident sustained injuries to her neck, back and elbow.  Medical expenses were approximately $15,000.00.  The insurance only offered $19,000.00.  Attorney Sabra filed suit and after extensive litigation, the case was settled at mediation for $50,000.00.
A 51 year old Swansea woman slipped and fell on an accumulation of water from a leaking cooler at a grocery store sustaining injuries to her neck, back and knee.  Attorney Sabra filed suit against the grocery store and the maintenance company for the cooler.  Both companies denied any liability.  After extensive litigation, the case was settled at mediation for $50,000.00.
A Woonsocket, RI woman was shopping in a national retail chain in North Smithfield, Rhode Island when a bag of dog food fell from a shelf striking her in the head, causing a concussion. Attorney Aspden was able to negotiate a settlement of $25,000.00.
A 54-year old Warren man was involved in a rear end motor vehicle accident in Burlington, Massachusetts. The insurance company’s position was that it was a low-impact collision and that the plaintiff had a significant pre-existing condition from a prior motor vehicle accident. Attorney Aspden was able to negotiate a settlement for $25,000.00.
A Fall River infant was injured when she sustained a small laceration in her mouth when fed baby food which contained glass.  Medical treatment was limited to one pediatric visit. Attorney Aspden was able to negotiate a settlement with a national food company for $11,500.00.

Worker’s Compensation

A worker lowering a ladder was electrocuted and suffered severe burns and amputations as a result of improperly mounted high voltage wires.  Permanent injuries prevented the 29-year-old man from ever returning to work as a roofer.  A Section 28 Claim was filed against the employer for willful and wanton misconduct.  The guaranteed benefit to the injured worker was $1,121,925.00 and the estimated lifetime benefits to the worker was $2,250,475.00.  Attorney Sabra also obtained a third-party settlement for the worker with a present value of $3.15 million.    The employee remains eligible for payment of his medical bills related to this injury for life.  For more read: Worker’s Comp Settlement,  Second Chance Article
A tanker truck driver was involved in a motor vehicle accident as a result of the negligence of another driver on Route 24.  Attorney Sabra obtained permanent and total disability benefits for the injured worker and eventually settled the worker’s compensation case for a present value of $750,000. In addition, Attorney Sabra pursued a case against the negligent driver and obtained a policy limit offer of $100,000.  A petition was filed in the Bristol County Superior Court for approval of the settlement.  Attorney Sabra was successful in persuading the judge to approve the settlement with no money going to the worker’s compensation insurance carrier to satisfy their lien.   The employee remains eligible for payment of his medical bills related to this injury for life.

An employee from Swansea injured his shoulder and lower back in the course of his employment in a slip and fall accident. In the worker’s compensation matter, the employee was paid Section 34 benefits for total disability. Attorney Sabra then filed a claim for Section 34A benefits for permanent and total disability and the employee was placed on Section 34A benefits after conference. The insurer appealed the conference Order.

At the same time, the employee filed a third party claim against the general contractor. The general contractor brought an action against the sub-contractor – the plaintiff’s employer. After an all-day mediation, the third party claim was settled for $400,000. A petition for approval of the third party settlement was filed in the Superior Court. Based on the insurance policy language, the court determined that the worker’s compensation carrier did not have a lien on the third party settlement. The court also determined, however, that the Hunter offset applied.

The worker’s compensation matter was settled for $305,000. In settling the worker’s compensation matter, the parties considered the probable amount of the Hunter offset in arriving at the settlement figure. As a result, the Hunter offset was waived and the employee’s future medical expenses will be paid in full by the worker’s compensation insurance carrier. The employee will continue to receive social security disability benefits.

Employee from South Dartmouth was 54 years old and a splice service technician for the employer for over 30 years when he injured his lower back.

Employee underwent three (3) surgeries to his back.  Employee exhausted his Section 34 benefits (temporary total disability).  Attorney Sabra filed a claim for Section 34A benefits (permanent and total disability) on the employee’s behalf and after conference an Order of Payment Section 34A and Section 35 (partial disability) was entered ordering the insurer to pay Section 34A benefits from the exhaustion of Section 34 benefits for a period of 12 weeks and thereafter Section 35 benefits at the maximum rate.  Both parties appealed the conference Order.

The insurer contested the issue of earning capacity alleging that although the employee could not return to his past work, based on his age, education (college – no degree) and past work, he had transferable skills to other employment.

Attorney Sabra settled the case for $425,000 which represents over 7 1/2 years of future payments under Section 34A.  In addition, the insurer is responsible for medical expenses for the remainder of the employee’s life as long as the medical treatment is reasonable and necessary and causally related to the industrial accident. The employee is also eligible for vocational retraining if he exercises that right within two (2) years from the date of lump sum settlement approval.

The employee has applied for Social Security Disability.

Attorney Aspden represented the widow of a 52-year-old man who suffered injuries and died at work. The widow collected benefits for 6 years.  The matter was eventually referred by prior counsel to our office and the case was concluded within 5 months.
The employee was the owner of his own construction company when a wall fell on him causing multiple injuries including a spinal cord injury.  The employee eventually regained function in both legs. The employee remains eligible for payment of his medical bills related to this injury for life.
Jose F. of Somerset, MA was injured at construction site. Lower back injury with surgery.  Attorney Sabra settled case for $350,000 representing the balance of total disability benefits, the balance of partial disability benefits, and 7 1/2 years of future permanent and total disability benefits all paid up front.  Employee remains on social security disability.
Employee from New Bedford was a painter who fell sustaining multiple injuries.  Attorney Sabra negotiated a settlement of $325,000 which represents approximately 12.85 years of future disability benefits.  In addition, there is a third party claim pending against the owners of the building where the employee was working.
Employee from Westport was a union laborer who was injured at work sustaining multiple injuries.  Attorney Sabra negotiated a settlement of $250,000.  In addition, there is a third party claim pending against the general contractor and a sub-contractor.
The client was 57 years of age and had worked for the employer for many years. While working in the office the employee injured her left knee.  Two worker’s compensation insurers were involved in the case and there was a dispute as to which insurer should pay benefits.  There was also a dispute as to whether or not the cause of the employee’s disability was her arthritis or her injury at work.  The case was litigated at the Department of Industrial Accidents through conference, hearing, Review Board and eventually the Appeals Court.  Attorney Sabra was successful throughout this case eventually leading to a settlement of $250,000 for the employee.    The employee remains eligible for payment of her medical bills related to this injury for life.
The client had contracted polio at an early age but nonetheless worked as an assembler when she suffered a neck injury. The worker’s compensation carrier contested the claim but Attorney Sabra was successful in obtaining Section 34A benefits for the employee for permanent and total disability. The case was eventually settled for $250,000 and the insurer agreed to pay for a handicap accessible van at a cost of $38,200.  The employee remains eligible for payment of her medical bills related to this injury for life.
A truck driver injured his lower back while at work. He declined surgery and underwent a series of injections. The worker was paid the maximum amount of benefits for 3 years for total disability and thereafter was awarded Section 34A benefits for total and permanent disability for a closed period and then maximum benefits for partial disability. Attorney Sabra settled the case for this 58-year-old man for $250,000. The worker is also on Social Security Disability.
Employee was a tractor trailer driver from Somerset when he injured his neck and left shoulder. Employee underwent left shoulder surgery and received cervical epidural steroid injections.  Employee exhausted his Section 34 benefits and Attorney Sabra was successful in obtaining benefits for the employee for permanent and total disability benefits under Section 34A. Prior to hearing, Attorney Sabra negotiated a settlement of $245,000.  In addition, the insurance company is responsible for medical bills for the neck and left shoulder in the future.
A 53-year-old truck driver jumped off the back of a truck injuring his right foot/ankle.  The employee received temporary total disability benefits for 3 years.  The settlement represents 9 1/2 years of future Section 34A benefits for total and permanent disability.   The employee remains eligible for payment of his medical bills related to this injury for life.
An employee from Fall River injured his lower back in the course of his employment. The employee was paid Section 34 benefits for total disability. Attorney Sabra then filed a claim for Section 34A benefits for permanent and total disability and the employee was placed on Section 34A benefits and 34 benefits after conference. Attorney Sabra and the insurer appealed the conference Order. Attorney Sabra was able to settle the claim for $225,000.00 prior to hearing. The employee will continue to receive social security disability benefits.
Employee was 28 years of age when she injured her right hand/arm when it became caught in a machine. The employee had multiple surgeries.  Attorney Sabra was hired by the employee several years after the original incident and immediately filed a claim to increase the employee’s worker’s compensation rate based on concurrent employment.  The employee was paid 3 years of benefits pursuant to Section 34 for temporary total disability.  Attorney Sabra negotiated a settlement that represents 9.5 years of future benefits for permanent and total disability.  The employee remains eligible for payment of her medical bills related to this injury for life.
A 45-year-old man suffered a serious heart attack during the course of his employment. The claim was denied by the worker’s compensation carrier. Attorney Aspden obtained an order for benefits at trial and later settled the case for $200,000.
Frank C. of Somerset, MA, a salesman, was injured on the job. Lower back injury with surgery.  Returned to work after surgery and was partially disabled. Attorney Sabra settled case for $200,000.  Employee remains on social security disability.
The client suffered repetitive stress/strain injuries to both upper extremities diagnosed as bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome.  She was a worker in a retail store.  The employee collected benefits under Section 34 for temporary total disability.  Attorney Sabra settled the case for $195,000 present value. The guaranteed settlement amount was $284,727.  The employee remains eligible for payment of her medical bills related to this injury for life.
Employee was 49 years old when he injured his lower back while lifting a steel roller to put on a dolly. The employee had a prior worker’s compensation injury. The employee underwent surgery to his lower back. Attorney Sabra negotiated a settlement of $195,000, which represents approximately 8 years of future Section 34A benefits. In addition, the employee is on Social Security Disability. The employee remains eligible for payment of his medical bills related to this injury for life.
A woman sustained a fractured wrist and a herniated cervical disc when struck with a shelf that collapsed. Attorney Aspden settled the case for $193,000.
A laborer from Fall River injured his shoulder in the course of his employment when he was struck by a motor vehicle in a parking garage.  Attorney Sabra filed a claim and the employee was paid Section 34 benefits for total disability. The employee thereafter received Section 35 benefits for partial disability. Attorney Sabra was able to settle the claim for $190,000.00 prior to hearing.
Employee from Blackstone was a tractor trailer driver and he injured his left eye in the course of his employment. Attorney Sabra negotiated a settlement of $175,000. In addition, the insurance company is responsible for medical bills for the left eye injury in the future.
The employee was 33 years of age when he injured his right shoulder. The employee had multiple surgeries.  The employee was paid temporary total disability benefits but after almost 3 years the insurer filed a claim for recoupment claiming an overpayment.  Attorney Sabra filed a claim for permanent and total disability benefits for this young man and an award was made at conference for Section 34A benefits.  The matter was eventually settled for $170,000 and the insurer waived an alleged overpayment of almost $45,000.  The employee remains eligible for payment of his medical bills related to this injury for life.
The employee was 56 years of age and had worked for the employer for 37 years. While moving a heavy bucket of kitty litter she injured her right shoulder. The worker’s compensation carrier attempted to modify or discontinue benefits, which was denied at conference. Attorney Sabra filed a claim for permanent and total disability benefits and an award was made at conference for Section 34A benefits. Attorney Sabra also filed a Motion to Amend Claim to include injuries to the right knee and a prior injury to the right shoulder, which was allowed by the judge. The case was eventually settled for $153,000. In addition, the employee is on Social Security Disability. The employee remains eligible for payment of her medical bills related to this injury for life.
The employee injured her knee while going down stairs.  After arthroscopic surgery the employee was still not able to return to work.  The insurer attempted on 2 occasions to discontinue or modify her benefits but was denied each time.  Attorney Sabra was eventually able to settle the case for $146,000.  In addition, the employee is on Social Security Disability.  The employee remains eligible for payment of her medical bills related to this injury for life.
CNA from Dighton injured her lower back lifting a patient.  Employee had surgery and lumbar epidural steroid injections in her lower back. Employee exhausted her temporary total disability benefits.  Prior to a hearing, Attorney Sabra negotiated a settlement of $145,000. The employee was also approved for Social Security Disability benefits.
The employee was a quality technician when she suffered repetitive use injuries to her right and left hand.  The insurer paid benefits for approximately 5 years before the case was settled by Attorney Sabra after multiple conferences and hearings.  The employee is on Social Security Disability.    The employee remains eligible for payment of her medical bills related to this injury for life.
Employee from Lakeville was a driver for UPS when he injured his right foot. Attorney Sabra negotiated a settlement of $125,000.  In addition, the insurance company is responsible for all future medical bills for the right foot.
76 year old woman from Somerset was a grocery stocker/clerk for Shaw’s for many years when she injured her right knee.  Attorney Sabra negotiated a settlement of $85,000.  In addition, the insurance company will be responsible for all future medical bills for the right knee.
The employee was 41 years of age when she injured her right shoulder. The employee had arthroscopic surgery. The employee was found suitable for vocational retraining and the insurer was ordered to pay for vocational rehabilitation. Attorney Sabra successfully negotiated a settlement of $65,000, which included a waiver by the employer of a substantial overpayment. The employee remains eligible for payment of her medical bills related to this injury for life.
Employee is 44 years of age from Cape Cod and was injured on 8/12/14 while placing a 50 pound log into a wood chipper when a large piece kicked back and knocked the employee to the ground. Employee suffered injuries to his ribs and back. The employee began receiving worker’s compensation benefits. The issue was whether or not the employee remained totally disabled or was partially disabled. Attorney Sabra was able to settle the employee’s case for much more than he expected within 7 months of the date of accident. Employee has recovered from his injury and is in the process of obtaining new employment.
A 50 year old Fall River man suffered a shoulder injury during a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident at a construction site. Attorney Sabra settled the claim against the insurance company for the motor vehicle that struck his client for the policy limit of $50,000.00. After hearing before an Administrative Law Judge at the Department of Industrial Accidents pursuant to Chapter 152, §15, Attorney Sabra was successful in forcing the worker’s compensation insurer to accept a substantially reduced amount in full satisfaction of their lien. The worker’s compensation lien was $76,260.00. The Administrative Law Judge approved a payment to the insurer in the amount of $13,264.13. Amounts were allocated per Curry and Eisner for loss of consortium and pain and suffering with no Hunter offset.
A 38 year old employee from Swansea was employed as a paramedic when he injured his left shoulder. Employee had conservative treatment. Employee was approved for Accidental Disability Retirement which will pay him 72% for life. In addition, Attorney Sabra successfully negotiated a lump sum settlement.
Employee from New Bedford was a Plumber/Steamfitter 1 when he injured his lower back and right knee. Employee underwent surgeries to his back and right knee.  Employee exhausted his Section 34 benefits and was collecting Section 35 benefits at the maximum rate. Employee was approved for Accidental Disability Retirement which will pay him 72% for life. In addition, Attorney Sabra successfully negotiated a lump sum settlement.

A 50 year old Taunton man injured his left hand at work which required surgery and middle finger amputation at middle phalanx. The employee returned to work with the same employer after 5 months. Attorney Sabra filed a claim for scarring/disfigurement and loss of function with the Department of Industrial Accidents and was able to settle the scarring/disfigurement for the maximum possible award of $15,000 and the loss of function for $6,862.

Attorney Sabra represents an employee who suffered a neck injury in a motor vehicle accident in the course of his employment. The worker’s compensation insurer cut off his benefits. Attorney Sabra filed a claim and was successful at conference. The insurer was ordered to pay almost $12,000.00 in retroactive benefits plus interest. The employee is back on weekly benefits.

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