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Attorney Brand Wins Multimillion Dollar Verdict for Client

Attorney Brand Wins Multimillion Dollar Verdict for Client

The Law Offices of Jonathan M. Brand are proud to announce that the firm has recently won a multimillion dollar verdict on behalf of an injured worker in Oakland. The case result comes after three weeks of trial and jury deliberation. Initially the defendant only offered $1.5 million for the client's injuries but thanks to Attorney Brand and Attorney Peters, the client was ultimately rewarded over $2.6 million.

Case Details and Complications

Mr. James Sprouse was working as a sheet metal worker for Acco Engineered Systems Inc. in 2012, assigned to help retrofit the California Memorial Stadium. While attempting to move across a plywood expansion joint cover, the plywood slipped and broke, causing him to fall through into a 12" x 12" x 12" hole. As he stumbled forward, he injured his right knee and lower back significantly.

Some of the injuries cited in the case were:

  • Annular tear (back injury)
  • Disc protrusion (lumbar back injury)
  • Anterior cruciate ligament tear (knee injury)
  • Annular tear (neck injury)
  • Nerve impingement (neck injury)
  • Neurological-nerve impingement

Mr. Sprouse initially tried to continue working but the pain from his injuries persisted. He was taken off work by his physical therapist and underwent numerous surgeries in an attempt to alleviate the pain in his knee. After an MRI study was conducted, he was sent to a spine specialist for apparent disc protrusions and annular tears in his back. It would not be until 2015 that he would complete his functional restoration program; although, the pain and complications related to his injuries were not fully relieved.

The jury ultimately found that although his employers were not negligent and had not acted with willful misconduct, they were still liable for the costs of his recovery and damages. The verdict of $2.6+ million is actually more than $100,000 over what Sprouse initially requested. In the end, this case marks a great victory for injured workers everywhere.

If you live in Northern California or the Bay Area and have been injured while on the job, you can contact the Oakland workers' compensation attorneys from The Law Offices of Jonathan M. Brand. Founded in 1989, the law firm has become a trusted name in workers' compensation cases filed against businesses and corporations, big and small. Call 888.245.6507 today to learn more about what our construction site accident lawyers can do for your claim.

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