GEK Attorney Fights the Good Fight and Wins for a Sheriff’s Deputy
The following is a true story about a client of the law firm of Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, Grant, Felton & Goldstein, LLP (GEK). It is proof that hard work, diligence and a strong legal mind can make a world of difference in the lives of those we serve.
This is the case of a 43-year-old Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Deputy who was injured when he visited a chiropractor for help with a neck injury he sustained at work. When the chiropractor was adjusting the deputy’s neck, plaque in his arteries became dislodged and traveled into his brain, causing him to suffer a stroke.
After several months of treatment at a long-term-care facility, the deputy learned that his Workers’ Compensation case had been denied by the County. He, his wife and two small children had to rely on the generosity of his fellow deputies who donated their PTO time so that they could get by while GEK attorney Jill Singer gathered evidence and prepared for trial. The case became “high profile” in Santa Barbara, and a charity event was held to help the officer and his family with expenses.
Ms. Singer was finally able to convince the County to admit the case without a trial and provide the deputy with Workers’ Compensation benefits. She recently settled his case for $1.8 million in lifetime disability payments and additional medical care for all the affects to his body caused by the stroke, as well as home care for life. She also convinced the County to provide him with a Supplemental Job Displacement Voucher so he could buy a new computer with a special keyboard that he could use.
The deputy still cannot walk and has little functioning of his upper extremities, but with Ms. Singer’s help, he and his family are at least taken care of for life.