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By July 1, 2012No Comments

In 2004, a California carpenter fell 20 feet from a scaffold, suffering a head injury that resulted in brain injury — and led to a structured settlement of $8.9 million (the highest on record in the Golden State).

According to attorney Christopher Asvar, his client is suffering from a variety of injury-related symptoms ranging from multiple personality disorder, depression, and psychosis to cognitive impairment and anxiety attacks that could last for the rest of his life. Asvar won the settlement despite the fact that CT and MRI scans showed no signs of trauma to the client’s brain, and medical experts described his disability as “mild.”

This decision speaks for itself — and it carries a warning to every business.