An injured roofer represented by Matt Devoti won his Workers’ Compensation claim. The man suffered extensive injury to his left shoulder and arm when the roof on which he was standing collapsed in October 2007. The man fell approximately 15 feet and landed on his left shoulder. He has lost the use of his lower left arm and left hand and his shoulder is constantly painful, interfering with his ability to sleep and move about.
Following hearing, the administrative law judge found the man permanently and totally disabled. The judge ordered the roofer’s former employer and its insurer to pay the man a weekly benefit for the rest of his life and for medical care required by the man in the future related to his injuries. At hearing, the employer and its insurer denied liability for both the lifetime weekly payment as well as future medical care.
Matt Devoti tried the case in the Springfield office of the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation. The employer was insured by Zurich American Insurance Co.