Law Office of Andrew S Kasmer P.C. - VA | DC | MD Workers Compensation | Personal Injury Attorney | Law Firm Case Histories

  • Several years ago, I was contacted by a client in Roanoke, Virginia, about an accident that had occurred while he was working for a utility company on Maryland’s eastern shore, in Denton. He had injured his shoulder and neck. Unfortunately, only months earlier, he had injured the same body parts when he was in a motor vehicle accident. As you can imagine, the insurance company denied his claim. I agreed to represent him, and after a contested hearing, he was awarded wage loss benefits while he was out of work recovering from his injuries. After surgery, he was released to modified (light) duty work. He was unable to find such work on his own, so I petitioned for him to be afforded vocational rehabilitation benefits. Vocational rehabilitation is a service that must be requested from the insurance company in order to have the insurer provide the injured worker with help finding a new line of work. I demanded that the insurer either retrain my client or find him work within his existing skill set. The insurer was unable to find him suitable, gainful employment, and as a result, I was able to obtain an award, for my client, of over $150,000.00 in permanent disability benefits. As a result, the insurance company was forced to resume vocational rehabilitation to help my client find a reasonable job.
  • A dentist sought my aid with regard to her wrist pain. She was ultimately diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists. The insurance company denied her claim. I worked hand in hand with her doctor to obtain the medical evidence we needed to take her case to court. After a contested trial, we proved that her carpal tunnel syndrome was the result of years of working as a dentist. She was awarded medical benefits and lost wages. We ultimately settled her case for $240,000.00.
  • We successfully litigated a slip and fall case where our client stepped out of an elevator on a wet floor while leaving her job. We proved that the building maintenance company had mopped the floor and failed to adequately warn our client of the dangerous condition. As a result, she received over $250,000.00.
  • In 2011, our office successfully litigated a case for a man and a woman injured due to the negligence of a drunk driver. Our clients' vehicle was struck by the drunk driver who fled the scene of the accident. She was later apprehended by the police, who documented her condition and charged her with driving under the influence of alcohol. We helped our clients obtain reasonable and necessary medical treatment. Upon the completion of our clients' treatment we attempted to settle the case with the insurance company for the drunk driver. A fair settlement was not offered, so we filed a lawsuit on the clients’ behalf. Prior to the case proceeding to trial we were able to secure $157,500.00 for our clients.
  • From 2009 through 2011, we represented a nurse that was injured while in the scope and course of her employment with a local hospital. She lost the full use of her hand due to the accident. After years of treatment the doctor opined that there was nothing more that could be accomplished. We worked to help find her a new job. As a result of the accident we obtained an award of more than $90,000.00 for her permanent injuries. Because of her accident, we worked to help her find a new job and we obtained an award for her of more than $90,000.00 due to her permanent injuries.
  • Over my years of practice, I have represented many local athletes including professional football and professional hockey players in their claims against their employers for injuries sustained in the course of their employment. I have successfully litigated cases in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia for these athletes. I was instrumental in the fight against the Washington Redskins to prevent the team from permanently denying workers' compensation benefits to its players injured in the course of their employment with the team. I litigated a former players’ case against the team, to the Virginia Supreme Court, wherein the Court held that not only was the player entitled to benefits, but also that the team had to pay my client benefits for his disabling and permanent injuries. I also successfully litigated a case for a hockey player, who was injured in a fight during a game. The team defended the case based on the fact that the fight was a violation of the rules. As a result of years of hard work by the injured player and my office, we persuaded the courts that the fight was part of the game and as a result the player awarded wage loss, medical benefits, and eventually permanent loss of use benefits.