$100,000 Settlement Secured for Cashier, Apportionment by Insurer's Doc Thwarted
A settlement of $100,000 was secured for a cashier/clerk with bilateral wrist and thumb conditions. The insurer's physician rated the impairment at nearly 25% but apportioned it by 75% for non-occupational factors. Montana Work Comp Solutions contested the impairment rating as a violation of Montana workers' compensation law which prohibits apportionment. Following negotiation, the settlement was settled for $100,000 including a Class II impairment. Despite the disputed nature of the claim, the claimant was also allowed to reserve his medical benefits.