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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.

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Juul Lawsuits and Coronavirus Claims

Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was dealing with an emergency that has now been overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic. The emergency was e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury, now commonly referred to as EVALI. If you will remember, this illness developed fairly suddenly and seemed to effect those who used e-cigarettes or other vaping devices. While this illness dominated headlines for se... Read More

Does Smoking Increase Coronavirus Risk?

The coronavirus pandemic that has swept across the globe has dramatically affected the lives of most people in one way or another. There have been well over 1.3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 80,000 COVID-19 deaths in the United States as of this writing, and predictions are showing that these numbers are expected to continue to rise. By now, most of us realize that there are certain people that face more risks of a severe infe... Read More

COVID-19 Symptoms vs. EVALI Symptoms

The COVID-19 pandemic has swept across the globe and had devastating effects. As of this writing, there have been more than 1.3 million COVID-19 cases and more than 80,000 COVID-19 deaths in the US, and predictions show these numbers will likely climb much higher. This pandemic has overshadowed another serious health crisis that this country faced just last year. If you will remember, thousands of people began falling ill after using e-cigaret... Read More

Coronavirus Business Interruption Insurance Legislation Update

Business interruption insurance can be a valuable tool for companies who experience significant reductions in their business due to unforeseen circumstances. While this type of insurance generally does not garner much attention, the COVID-19 pandemic has trust business interruption insurance into the limelight. In most cases, this type of insurance is designed to help business owners in the event of a natural disaster. Under some business inte... Read More

Ricardo Lara Issues Notice to California Insurance Companies

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected the way of life of most people in the US and throughout California. While this has first and foremost been a health crisis, the coronavirus has significantly affected businesses in this state. Many business owners have turned to business interruption insurance policies to try to gain coverage of their losses. While this type of insurance coverage is typically used after interruptions caused by n... Read More

Bentley & More LLP give back to the Newport Beach Police Department during COVID-19

This past Friday we had the pleasure of providing meals for the #FrontlineFighters of the Newport Beach Police Department. Our gratitude goes out to the entire department for their service to our community. Thank you for your unwavering dedication to keeping Newport Beach safe during these unprecedented times. We salute you!

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The attorneys at Bentley & More remain committed to exceptional client service during the coronavirus pandemic. Please contact us today remotely.