Defense verdict on a claim petition which alleged significant injuries following fall at a mushroom house.
The claimant fell from the second level of a mushroom house. There was no dispute as to the fall, nor that the claimant required hospitalization for multiple transverse process fractures in the lumbar spine. However, after approximately three months of treatment, the claimant was released to full-duty work, at which point, the claim was denied. A claim petition was filed, alleging not only total disability, but also a multitude of additional cognitive, spine and orthopedic injuries. We presented the testimony of the claimant’s treating physician, a neurosurgeon, an orthopedic surgeon doctor, and fact witness testimony from the insured and an SIU investigator. Ultimately, the judge suspended benefits from a few weeks after the injury and granted a termination based upon the medical evidence presented.