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Bentley & More LLP achieves an additional $5.5 million settlement in paralyzed worker’s compensation case

Fifteen years ago, a worker catastrophically fell off of a scissor lift, falling 13 feet from a vaulted ceiling, landing on a tile floor, and suffering life-altering injuries, including paraplegia and a traumatic brain injury.  But that terrible fall was only the start of his long fight to receive the care and benefits to which he was owed.


Unsatisfied with three prior law firms, and still lacking essential medical treatment, the injured worker sought out Bentley & More LLP.  Our firm took a chance and substituted in on a case that had been previously stipulated at 100% disability.  But our paralyzed client still needed physical, occupational, and speech therapy—as for years, he had been without these essentials. Upon entering the case to fight on his behalf, we performed an immediate transfer of care to Casa Colina where he received the daily treatments desperately needed to strengthen his already atrophied and mangled body. Next, we secured a wheelchair accessible van and a wheelchair accessible hotel for weekend visitation with his 3 children—trying to help him restore some sense of normality and improve his quality of life. And we continued to fight on his behalf to secure essential treatment.


After years of litigation, and $7.8 million in medical treatment, Bentley & More attorneys Keith More and Dane Gilliam settled his work comp case for an additional $5.5 million. “We are so excited for our client, who has waited patiently for this day,” said More. “We took a big chance on this case but saw the need to help.” Proudly, our client has bought a house with our help and will be reunited with his family forever. He will be able to continue his therapy and move forward with his life. And with this settlement, he may again be able to achieve some small part of his life before this terrible tragedy.  “We were honored to represent our client, grateful for his trust in our firm, and wish him the very best,” finished More.