Aggressive Investigation And Surveillance Leads To A Favorable Settlement
September 20, 2018
Patton & Ryan recently obtained a favorable settlement by utilizing surveillance to convince a Plaintiff to settle his claim. A 48-year-old iron worker sustained an elbow injury at work. The Plaintiff possessed a quality liability argument and wage-loss claim after it was objectively determined he could no longer engage in iron work. Plaintiff’s experts claimed he was unemployable and would never work in any capacity again. Through aggressive investigation, Patton & Ryan obtained records from the Illinois Secretary of State in which the Plaintiff represented he was working six days per week as a handyman. Patton & Ryan followed-up with dedicated surveillance and obtained video of the Plaintiff engaging in work. The resultant settlement reflected only the diminution in earnings capacity rather than a complete and total wage loss.