Chris Smull tells the story of how he was injured at work and how attorney Kristen Gyolai ensured his workers’ compensation insurer paid his benefits.
A lifelong union carpenter was building a walk-in freezer. He fell from a stepladder and hit his head on the ground. As he fell and hit his head on the ground, one of the panels for the walk-in freezer fell and landed on his face. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and fractures to his skull and face.
His initial hospital stay lasted 23 days. He underwent numerous surgeries to reconstruct his face and teeth. He took part in extensive physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Unfortunately, his injuries are permanent and prevent him from ever returning to work again. In response, Kristen negotiated a large settlement on his behalf for his permanent disabilities. The settlement will provide financial security to the man for years to come.
Moreover, Kristen remains in his corner, monitoring his ongoing medical treatment and making sure that the workers’ compensation insurer continues to cover his medical bills that are causally related to his work injury.
A man who had been working for a large retailer for more than a decade suffered injury to his back while moving product on pallets. He underwent physical therapy and injections before his doctors recommended surgery. The man was reluctant to undergo surgery.
Kristen assisted the man in obtaining a second opinion regarding surgery. She then counseled the man regarding the impact having or not having surgery would have on his workers’ compensation case.
Ultimately, the man chose not to undergo surgery. He was unable to return to his employment. Kristen helped the man to secure a lump sum settlement for future wage loss benefits.
After being involved in a serious accident, a truck driver was unable to continue driving. He began receiving wage loss benefits from his employer’s workers’ compensation insurer. However, the benefits were significantly less than what the man was earning at work.
The truck driver turned to Kristen with his questions about how wage loss benefits are calculated in Minnesota workers’ compensation. Kristen ran her own calculations and determined that the workers’ compensation insurer was significantly underpaying the man. When the insurer refused to correct their mistake, Kristen brought them to court. She convinced the insurer to compensate him for the past due wage loss and to begin paying him the