The plaintiff, a 48-year-old boiler mechanic with a history of back injuries, injured his back while doing an Installation. Some of the plaintiff’s prior injuries occurred at work, but he did not file workers’ compensation claims. His health insurance paid for the medical care associated with these injuries. After the incident in April, the plaintiff only missed a few days of work. The plaintiff was under the impression that he would return to his previous level of health.
Later that year, the plaintiff suffered another incident that occurred while wiring a piece of heating equipment. This is what led to a significant increase in his low back pain. He sought care from his PCP who then referred the injured worker to a neurosurgeon who performed surgery months later.
Shortly after the surgery, the plaintiff returned to work, at full pay, for light duty. Unfortunately this was short lived, and his pain forced him to stop work late within months. He attempted to return to work on light duty. This time, however, the employer refused to take him back until he was cleared to do so. The case was settled before an Administrative Judge.
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