ATTORNEY JIM BRADY & ASSOCIATES, P.C.
Workplace Injury Case
Auto Mechanic Compensated
for Lost Wages
& Medical Bills After Lower
David Johns is a 58-year-old auto mechanic. On March 16, 2017 while at work, Mr. Johns was removing a very heavy and awkward gasoline tank that contained approximately 25-30 gallons of gasoline. While in the process of removing the tank, he injured his back.
David visited his orthopedic doctor about his lower back pain, and the radiating pain to his buttock and right leg.Mr. Johns missed one to two days per week of work to rest; however the pain was persistent. His doctor ordered an MRI. He provided him with Motrin for the pain and Flexeril for bedtime. The MRI showed L3-L4 mild circumferential disc bulge, L4-L5 mild circumferential disc bulge, and L5-S1 mild circumferential disc bulge. Degenerative changes were also noted. David was unable to return to work due to the pain level he was experiencing. He was provided a referral to the pain clinic and then for an independent medical evaluation. It was noted that he had mild spasms and tenderness over the paraspinal musculature in the lumbosacral region. He has decreased range of motion as well as limitations in bending. David was evaluated at the Brigham and Women’s Pain Clinic in June 2009. Following an examination, the plan was for a trial of lumbar epidural steroid injections.
We were able to successfully obtain a replacement for his lost wages and medical bills through the worker’s compensation system. We also reached a substantial settlement of his claim while Mr. Johns retrained to work in a new occupation due to his injuries.