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Lawyer Claims Highest Known Workers’ Comp Settlement in California History

Attorney Christopher Asvar believes he has secured the highest known workers’ compensation insurance settlement in California history, totaling $8.9 million on behalf of Antonio Enriquez, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2004 at the age of 18 after falling from a scaffold.

Asvar said he’s talked to “structured settlement folks up and down the state,” and with those negotiating the settlement on behalf of California’s State Fund, and everyone he’s spoken with agrees this is the highest known workers’ comp settlement in California.

Workers’ comp settlements in California are not tracked by size, and what those involved with the case wouldn’t know about would be confidential settlements, or cases were the “usual players” were not involved, Asvar said.

According to State Fund, this may very well be one of the largest settlements that California’s biggest provider of workers’ comp insurance has been involved with.

“It’s pretty darned large,” said State Fund spokeswoman Emily Gorin. “I think it would be safe to say that this is among our biggest cases.”

Gorin, who said research is being conducted to see if this is State Fund’s largest settlement, noted that State Fund has a lot of high risk businesses, and insures a large number of big employers.

Gorin said the settlement was so large due to the nature of Enriquez’ injuries, because he’s so young and that intense care is likely to be required for the rest of this life.

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