Jury Trial for Large Self-Insured Nursing Home Company

A 45-year-old nurse's aid had injured her back at work. Her employer certified the claim for a lower back sprain and we successfully defended our client against her motion to the Industrial Commission that her claim be expanded to include both a degenerative disc and a psychological condition. The claimant filed a court appeal and demanded a jury trial. If successful, she likely would be found permanently and totally disabled, a condition that would give her lifetime benefits. Through exhaustive preparation of a slew of expert witnesses and effective cross-examination of the claimant's witnesses, our lawyers successfully convinced a jury, after a three-day trial during the week of Christmas, that her requests were meritless.