Injured Worker RightsBrain injury cases are often considered to be some of the most difficult to win in the Texas Workers’ Compensation realm. Nikki Miller, a senior associate at Abbott, Clay & Bedoy LLC, recently emerged victorious in a grueling legal battle against Sentry Casualty Insurance Company, a major insurance carrier who refused to cover damages related to a work-related head injury. This victory not only highlights the relentless fight of injured workers but also underscores the extraordinary efforts of their tireless legal advocates.

From Injury to Injustice: A Nurse’s Fight for Workers’ Compensation

Ms. Miller’s client, an operating room nurse, sustained a severe head injury in December 2019, when a heavy surgical scope struck her. Initially diagnosed with a concussion, the client’s symptoms soon escalated to include post-concussion syndrome, cognitive impairments, and seizures. Despite her deteriorating condition, the insurance company accepted only the concussion as being work-related, denying the existence of more severe, related conditions. This denial left the injured nurse without crucial medical care and income support, forcing her to endure financial and emotional hardships.

Living with Post-Concussion Syndrome: The Everyday Challenges of an Injured Nurse

The client’s symptoms profoundly impacted her daily life and ability to work as a nurse. According to a witness statement from a close friend and fellow nurse, the injured client experiences “glitching,” staring off, hand twitches, and rapid eye movements, which are indicative of seizures typically seen with a Post-Concussion Syndrome diagnosis. These episodes leave her fatigued and unable to function for hours at a time. Additionally, her cognitive impairments, including difficulty processing questions and following commands, make it impossible for her to perform her duties safely and effectively. This has resulted in a significant loss of income and a diminished quality of life.

Insurance Giant Sentry Casualty’s Relentless Battle Against Compensation Claims

Determined to limit their liability, Sentry Casualty unleashed a barrage of defenses against her claim. Multiple required medical examinations (RMEs), post-RME specialist exams, and post-designated doctor exams were conducted to dispute the extent of her injuries. Sentry Casualty even suggested that her symptoms were due to a non-compensable stroke and therefore unrelated to her work injury. The relentless attacks included questioning every aspect of her medical condition, aiming to dismantle her claim piece by piece.

The Challenge of Proving Brain Injuries in Texas Workers’ Compensation Cases

Workers’ compensation cases involving concussions and brain injuries pose unique challenges. Unlike visible physical injuries, symptoms of brain injuries such as cognitive impairments, memory loss, and seizures are often subjective and difficult to measure. This makes it easier for insurance companies to dispute the severity and compensability of these injuries. As a result, fewer attorneys are likely to take on cases involving these types of injuries. Attorneys like Nikki Miller must navigate a complex web of medical evidence and expert testimonies to prove their client’s condition and secure the benefits they deserve.

The Contested Case Hearing – Technical Issues And New Opportunities

Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds, Ms. Miller took on the challenge with unmatched dedication and vigor. She meticulously gathered evidence, consulted with medical experts, and prepared for numerous contentious hearings. Her commitment to the client’s case was unwavering, and she tirelessly countered the insurance carrier’s extensive efforts to deny the claim.

The battle culminated in a series of intense hearings. The administrative law judge, Francisca N. Okonkwo, initially found that the client’s injuries extended to post-concussion syndrome and post-traumatic headache, but not to other severe conditions like seizures and cognitive impairment. However, after technical issues compromised the initial proceedings, Judge Okonkwo decided that a new trial was necessary.

During the new trial, Ms. Miller presented compelling testimonies and extensive medical evidence, challenging Sentry Casualty’s assertions. She told of the client’s condition and the profound impact on her life in vivid detail, leaving no doubt about the severity of the client’s injuries and the need for comprehensive compensation.

After hearing arguments and reviewing evidence, Okwonko ruled in favor of the injured nurse, acknowledging that her work-related injury now extended beyond the initial diagnosis to include significant post-concussion syndrome and post-traumatic headaches. This ruling not only secured the much-needed benefits for Ms. Miller’s client, but also set a precedent for similar cases in the future.

A Continuing Battle – Sentry Casualty Continues Their Disputes

While this victory is a significant milestone, it may seem surprising that the fight is far from over. Sentry Casualty Insurance Company has already disputed the next four quarters of Supplemental Income Benefits (SIBs), ensuring that Nikki Miller will continue to battle on behalf of her client. Sentry’s deep pockets and extensive resources mean that future trials are inevitable, but with Ms. Miller’s unwavering efforts, the client stands a fighting chance.

Abbott, Clay & Bedoy, LLC – Fighting for Injured Workers since 1997

If you or someone you know is struggling with a workers’ compensation claim, don’t fight alone. Navigating the complexities of workers’ compensation law requires the expertise of a seasoned attorney who understands the unique challenges each case presents. At Abbott, Clay & Bedoy LLC, we have been championing the rights of injured workers since 1997, bringing decades of experience and dedication to every client we represent.

Hiring an attorney with specialized experience in workers’ compensation is crucial. Cases involving brain injuries and concussions, like the one Nikki Miller recently won, are particularly complex and demand a lawyer who is not only knowledgeable but also willing to go the extra mile. Ms. Miller’s willingness to take on such a challenging case, despite the looming difficulties, exemplifies the commitment and tenacity our firm brings to the table. Her victory against a formidable opponent like Sentry Casualty underscores the importance of having a skilled and determined advocate by your side.

Our legal team is dedicated to standing up against powerful insurance carriers and ensuring that injured workers receive the justice and benefits they deserve. We understand the intricacies of the law and the tactics insurance companies use to deny claims. With a proven track record and a deep commitment to our clients, Abbott, Clay & Bedoy LLC is the ally you need in your corner.

Contact us today for a consultation and take the first step towards securing your future. Let our experienced attorneys fight for you, so you can focus on your recovery. Your battle is our battle, and we won’t rest until you get the compensation you deserve.

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Client Reviews Featuring Nikki Miller

Kerry Thelove
Kerry Thelove
Nikki truly is just phenomenal! Her assistant Leslie is, as well! They have been holding my hand since the very beginning, always answering all of my many questions. My life has literally been in their hands and they have taken care of and fought for it like it was their own! Definitely, hands down, the only people you want on your team during this very scary and frustrating journey through The Twilight Zone also known as Workers Comp.
Incredibly impressed with this firm's work. My attorney, Nikki, and her assistant, Leslie, were amazing to work with. They're both very friendly, efficient and were helpful through the whole process.They are very professional, and pleasant to speak with. They keep you updated on the whole process, respond promptly, got everything taken care of for me, and I might add, in a timely manner. They took all the stress off of me having to deal with insurance company, my adjuster and other things.Would definitely request their services again, if need be.Would absolutely recommend their services for assistance when dealing with difficulties with workers comp. Don't waste your energy with OIEC.
Sergio Martinez
Sergio Martinez
Amazing Team. Joseph and Nikki were able to get the most out of my benefits of workers compensation. Got all my medical needs and procedures and were able to get the most on my weekly pay. If you ever need a workers compensation attorney, Abbott & Associates are the ones you need to hire. Don't settle for less.

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