Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Partners Rich Marcolus and Celine Vitale recently secured a six-figure dependency benefits settlement for two children of a worker who died following surgery for a work-related injury.
As noted in court records, Rich and Celine representing two surviving children of a worker who died from a heart attack after undergoing authorized neck surgery.
In pursuing a fair recovery for their clients, Rich and Celine faced opposition from the defense. This included efforts by the workers’ compensation insurance carrier to hire experts who argued that the worker’s heart attack was caused by his smoking history and was not the result of complications from the authorized neck surgery.
Despite being a heavily contested claim that necessitated extensive settlement negotiations, Rich and Celine were ultimately able to secure a significant recovery for the worker’s two minor children totaling $350,000.
Celine M. Vitale and Rich Marcolus are Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Partners with decades of combined experience representing claimants in workers’ compensation cases across New Jersey. Together, the two have leveraged their extensive insight to help workers and families recover millions of dollars in benefits from New Jersey’s workers’ compensation system following all types of work-related injuries and illnesses.