An electrician who had been in the trade over 30 years, had his share of minor injuries on job sites but was alwasy able to "walk it off" and keep working. But when a co-worker who wasn't trained caused a large metal pole to fall on him while he was working, there was no way he could continue to work in the trade.
He could fix just about everything - cars, home repairs and renovations, any type of construction - in addition to being a top electrician.
But the force of that pole caused a herniated disk in his neck when it hit him. Radiculopathy (numbness and tingling) running into his arms and pain, weakness and nerve pain meant he could not return to work as an electrician - he just could not do the work, physically or safely, any longer. His doctors confirmed his injuries and work restrictions.
His settlement allows him to retire comfortably and provides lifetime medical care for his injuries, so he has peace of mind. He'd prefer to keep working if he could, since he loved the work he was doing, but the significant settlement now gives him the freedom to do other things he has wanted to do but never had the chance.