Truck Driver with Traumatic Brain Injury Continues to Receive Benefits

Mr. Patterson represented a truck driver who sustained multiple orthopedic injuries and a traumatic brain injury as a result of a single vehicle accident. The workers' compensation insurer contended the Employee suffered from a personal medical condition which caused the accident and resulting injuries. The workers' compensation insurer also contended that the Employee had been warned not to drive and that this constituted a prohibited act, a defense to the compensability of the Employee's claim. After multiple depositions and a workers' compensation hearing, the compensation judge determined that the Employee's claim was compensable and awarded more than $60,000.00 of permanent partial disability and wage loss benefits. The Employee continues to receive permanent total disability benefits, social security benefits and medical benefits today.