What is the maximum settlement for Workers' Comp?


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As of February 2015, California lawyer Christopher Asvar claims he brokered one of the largest worker's compensation settlements in the state's history at $8.9 million, according to Insurance Journal. The case settled in 2012, and the large amount stemmed from the extensive injuries to the plaintiff.

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Asvar's client, Antonio Enriquez, suffered a traumatic brain injury at age 18 in 2004 while working as a painter, notes Insurance Journal. The case settled with the California State Fund, the worker's compensation insurance provider, in 2012. California does not track worker's compensation settlement amounts.

In 2013, T. Joseph Boyd garnered a $4.5 million worker's compensation settlement in Georgia, says Reynolds, Horne & Survant, P.C. The Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation does not keep statistics regarding amounts of settlements.

In 2010, Sears settled a $6.2-million claim spread among 235 former workers as the largest Equal Employment Opportunity Commission settlement in history, notes HRMorning.com. Sears initially refused to make appropriate accommodations to workers who came back to work after worker's compensation leave.

A construction worker was awarded a $3 million settlement when he became a quadriplegic after being struck by a car on a highway while directing traffic, says Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano. The claim is believed to be one of the largest in Pennsylvania history.

In terms of weekly worker's compensation benefits, Iowa has the highest in the United States with a maximum benefit of $1,572 as of July 2014, according to the Social Security Administration. The maximum weekly benefit for the District of Columbia is $1,462.84 as of January 2015.

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