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$223,000 recovery for farm worker in workers' comp benefits

This young farm worker sustained severe back injuries while working for a sugar beet operation. The Employer aggressively defended the claim, claiming that there was no injury on the job. A trial was held where approximately 10 lay witnesses were present at trial on behalf of the Employer and Employee. Due to the skillful cross-examination and careful case preparation by Attorney Mark Rodgers, many of the Employer's witnesses changed their testimony on the witness stand and indicated under oath that the injured worker had injured himself on the job. At the Employer's request these same witnesses had prior to trial indicated that the injured worker had not hurt himself on the job. The compensation judge awarded the Employee ongoing workers' compensation benefits with the total amount of compensation paid to the employee in the sum of $223,000 with medical benefits remaining open.

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