WORK COMP: M.M was working at a retail store stocking products. He was using a cart that had boxes stacked up to his head level. As he reached for a box at the top of the stack on the cart, 2 other small boxes fell down and hit him on the shoulder. The whole thing was caught on store video cameras. After months of treatment, surgery was recommended. Work comp insurance responded by hiring their own Dr. to look at the tape, who then said that the accident on tape wasn't severe enough to have caused the need for surgery. So the surgery was denied. Attorney Cuellar took the case and went to work comp court and won, successfully arguing that even though the accident looked minor on tape, it actually caused major injury.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Many employers now have video cameras in the workplace. Usually, video evidence is admissible in court, like in this case. When the video shown in court seemed to show an insignificant incident, attorney Cuellar used his 23 years of courtroom experience to get M.M. the treatment he deserved. Now work comp must pay all the surgery bills with no co-pays by M.M., and pay his replacement paychecks while he is off from the surgery. On top of it, work comp had to pay all of attorney Cuellar's lawyer fees too, with absolutley no cost to M.M. !