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Unanimous Jury Says Employer Not Responsible For Psychological Injury

We recently obtained a unanimous defense verdict in an Ohio state trial court on behalf of a large construction client following a multi-day jury trial in a hotly contested case that presented significant exposure to our client, including the possibility of lifetime permanent disability payments that could have totaled well over $500,000.

After sustaining a hand wound at work that led to a significant staph infection, a two-week hospitalization, and allegation of multi-organ failure, a laborer at the construction company developed depression which prevented him from ever working again. He claimed that his depression was a direct result of the infection. Through expert psychological testimony, we were able to establish for the jury that the staph infection was not the cause of the employee’s depression, and that therefore there was no causal relationship between his workplace injury and his depression.

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