Uriel De La Rosa severely injured his neck and back while working. Rather than put him on workers’ compensation, the employer, and its insurance company, refused hoping Uriel would go away. Instead, Uriel hired Sherrod & Bernard.
Our firm fought for Uriel and got him on workers’ compensation including all back benefits. Reluctantly, the insurance company agreed to pay for the neck surgery that Uriel desperately needed. During this time he continued to receive a weekly check while his condition prevented him from returning to work.
Over a year later and after Uriel’s condition stabilized, the case went to a settlement conference at the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. At this mediation, the case settled for a substantial figure.
Most would think that the story ends with a final settlement. The responsible insurance company, however, refused to pay the settlement on time (workers’ compensation settlements must be paid within 20 days of the approval date). Sherrod & Bernard once again fought for Uriel and obtained an $18,000.00 penalty from the insurance company. This type of late penalty is a rarity in Georgia and this one was a record by far out of the thousands of cases handled by our firm.
We want to extend our congratulations to Uriel and his family. Their recovery was completely well-deserved.