Client Success Stories
My Attorney Held The Employer Accountable When They Improperly Reduced
My Weekly Workers’ Compensation Benefit Payments
Our client injured her back while working for a large transportation company
in Atlanta. She reported the injury, received medical treatment, and willingly
returned to work in a light duty transitional program so she could receive
her pre-injury pay, which vastly exceeded her workers’ compensation
weekly pay. After one year of working in the light duty program, the employer
ended the job and returned our client home. While our client’s workers’
compensation benefit payments were reinstated, the employer, without any
explanation, later reduced our client’s benefit payments within
a matter of weeks. In doing so, the employer advanced an unfounded, self-serving
argument to support their position for the reduction of benefits. Our
client knew something was suspicious, so she called Cummings & Middlebrooks
It took two years of litigation and appeals to get our client the workers’
compensation benefit payments she deserved, but the time and dedication
of firm partner Will Cummings paid off. Throughout the process, every
single court agreed that the transportation company could not financially
punish our client under the applicable statutory scheme for returning
to work in a program the employer created, especially when, through no
fault of our client, the light duty program only lasted one year. In the
end, our client received the extra compensation she deserved, which allowed
her to catch up on bills and move forward with her life. Congratulations
to workers’ compensation attorney Will Cummings for a job well done!
They fought for me in court!
Our client, a 60-year old, developed a shoulder injury from repetitively
using equipment at his job in a factory. The pain was so great that he
couldn’t sleep at night. Our client reported the injury to his employer,
and received medical treatment as well as a light duty work schedule.
Unfortunately, he needed a shoulder replacement, which the company refused
to cover due to his age and preexisting condition. He called Cummings
& Middlebrooks for help.
Tray Middlebrooks, a workers’ compensation attorney at Cummings &
Middlebrooks, took the company to court and won. The company appealed
the decision, and Tray won the appeal as well. Our client’s shoulder
replacement surgery is now scheduled. He loves his job and looks forward
to getting back to work as soon as possible. Congratulations workers’
compensation attorney Tracy Middlebrooks!
I just wanted the pain to go away.
Our client, a single mom with a teenage child, worked at a local office
of a national retail chain. She slipped on a wet floor in the employee
break room, fell hard, and injured her neck and back. After reporting
the injury, our client received medical treatment for over a year while
she continued to work, but the pain wouldn’t go away. The company’s
doctor recommended a special spinal procedure, but the company refused
to pay for it. She contacted Cummings & Middlebrooks for help.
Tray Middlebrooks, a workers’ compensation attorney at Cummings &
Middlebrooks, took the retailer to court. The judge agreed that our client’s
need for the procedure was due to her work injury and ordered the company
to pay for it. It was quickly scheduled and successfully completed. Our
client is excited about getting over the pain, getting back to work, and
doing what she loves – running! Congratulations workers’ compensation
attorney Tracy Middlebrooks.
I Hurt My Knee On The Job And It’s Not Getting Any Better. What Do I Do?
Our Atlanta, GA workers’ compensation client was a team leader and
long-term employee at a large grocery store chain. While assisting his
team on the loading dock, he injured his knee. Thereafter, he went to
a company-designated doctor, received medication and physical therapy,
and eventually was cleared by the company doctor to resume full duty work.
Unfortunately, the pain continued and his condition did not improve. One
of his friends recommended he call the attorneys at Cummings & Middlebrooks for help.
We negotiated with the insurance company to have an independent doctor
evaluate our client, and that doctor determined he needed surgery to repair
his knee. When the insurance company wouldn’t agree to pay for the
surgery, firm partner Will Cummings took the issue to court. Our client
just wanted to fix his knee and continue working, and the judge agreed
that the insurance company was responsible for paying for surgery, which
in the end was the proper solution. Our client still works at the grocery
chain, and now in a higher level position! Congratulations to Atlanta
workers’ compensation attorney Will Cummings.
I’m A New Employee. Do I Still Qualify For Workers’ Compensation?
Our Rome, GA workers’ compensation client was a new employee at a
popular restaurant chain. He had a variety of duties, including cooking,
moving tables, hauling food from the freezer, and cleaning the parking
lot. When he started experiencing severe back pains, he went to the emergency
room for treatment, but was still in pain after several days in bed. He
then reported the injury to his manager and asked to see a doctor. When
the manager refused, he called Cummings & Middlebrooks for help.
Attorney Will Cummings was able to establish that the injury was work-related
and that our client followed the correct procedures in reporting the injury.
The restaurant chain first pushed for a financial settlement that would
not cover our client’s basic medical needs, but we knew our client
deserved better treatment than that. Instead of jumping at the money,
we moved forward with the claim. Just before trial, the insurance company
finally caved and agreed to pay for our client’s medical treatment
and weekly workers’ compensation benefit payments. Congratulations
to Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney Will Cummings.
Attorney Tray Middlebrooks Proves That Car Accident Is Work-Related
Our Lithonia, GA workers compensation client loved her job helping sick
and elderly patients as a home healthcare nurse. She then became a patient
herself after sustaining major injuries in a car accident that occurred
while traveling to a patient’s home. Her employer claimed the company
was not liable because she was traveling and not being paid or reimbursed
for that travel. Unable to pay her expensive medical bills, she contacted
the workers compensation attorneys at Cummings & Middlebrooks for help.
Attorney Tray Middlebrooks took her case and proved the company wrong.
He showed through evidence consisting of accident reports, maps, and Google
Earth, that the employer was, in fact, paying for her travel when the
accident occurred thereby making it liable for her injuries. Just before
trial, the company finally admitted responsibility and agreed to pay for
our client’s medical treatment and income benefits for time out
of work. Our client is back on the job today as a home healthcare nurse,
thanks to the efforts of workers’ compensation attorney Tracy Middlebrooks.
I Was Injured And My Employer Did Not Have Workers’ Compensation Insurance
Our Carrollton, GA workers’ compensation client worked as a gymnastics
coach for over 15 years when he was injured while teaching a class. He
was diagnosed with a torn Achilles tendon and the doctor said surgery
was the only way to repair it. That is when he learned his employer did
not carry workers’ compensation insurance as required by law. Without
the ability to pay for expensive surgery, he contacted the workers compensation
attorneys at Cummings & Middlebrooks for help.
The gymnastics company claimed that our client was an independent contractor,
but attorney Tray Middlebrooks knew better and took the case to court.
He was able to prove our client was an employee, and the judge ordered
the gymnastics company to pay his medical expenses and lost wages. Our
client has scheduled his surgery and looks forward to teaching gymnastics
again. Congratulations to Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney
I Got Fired After Getting Injured On The Job, And My Company Won’t
Pay My Medical Expenses
Our Gainesville, GA workers’ compensation client, who had been working
at a chicken processing plant for many years, developed carpal tunnel
syndrome, a repetitive use injury that was caused, in her case, by the
cold conditions and constant pinching and pulling required to do her job.
The pain became so severe that she went to the company nurse, and then
to one of the approved doctors who sent her back to work. When she was
fired for lack of production due to her injuries, she contacted the workers
compensation attorneys at Cummings & Middlebrooks for help.
After sending our client to a doctor with no ties to the company, attorney
Tray Middlebrooks was able to prove her symptoms were work-related and
the judge found the employer was liable for her injuries. Our client received
a fair settlement – enough money to cover medical treatment as well
as lost wages after her termination. Congratulations to Atlanta workers’
compensation attorney Tracy Middlebrooks.