James Cummings of the Cummings Law Firm in Waterbury, Connecticut (CYNTHIA McINTYRE)
Attorneys for former electrician Ronald Manka of Wolcott and several insurance companies have agreed to settle workers’ compensation claims totaling more than $600,000.
After about a year of negotiations, the parties agreed to the stipulated amount Monday. A state workers’ compensation commissioner is expected to sign off on the agreement July 13.
Manka, who filed for claims after being injured on the job in 1997, 2008 and 2010, is scheduled to receive an initial payment of $308,907 after the commissioner signs the agreement. Most of that amount goes toward indemnity benefits, according to James Cummings, Manka’s attorney. Manka will receive an additional $305,000 in an annuity, said Cummings, a solo practitioner in Waterbury.
Manka, 63, was first injured on the job in September 1997 while he was working for Discas, Inc., a Waterbury-based firm that manufactures and distributes plastic and rubber components. While on the job at Discas, he injured his left arm, right foot and left leg. The injuries, according to workers’ compensation records, resulted in 15 percent permanent partial disabilities to his wrist and ankle and a 30 percent permanent partial disability to his leg.
Two additional on-the-job injuries occurred while Manka was working for Ward Leonard Electric Co. in Thomaston.
In March 2008, records show, Manka injured his left foot, resulting in a 7.5 percent permanent partial disability. And, in November 2010, an injury to his right foot resulted in a 5 percent permanent partial disability.
As a result of the three work-related mishaps, the papers state, Manka’s injuries and conditions have included a fracture of the left forearm, deep vein thrombosis, chronic pain due to trauma, lower extremity pain and physical jolts caused by pain.
Cummings said Wednesday that Manka has undergone several surgeries to his foot and ankle. There are no surgeries pending, he added.
Manka “still does have difficulty walking, which stemmed from his work injuries,” Cummings said. “He is happy to get this behind him and to move forward in his life. I’m happy for him, and he is looking forward to rejoining his family down in Florida.”
The money Manka receives will be paid by four different insurance companies.
Joseph J. Passaretti Jr., a partner with Monstream & May, represented Discas and the Meadowbrook Insurance Group. He did not respond to a request for comment.
In addition, Gerald V. Davino II, a managing partner with Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jiminez in Rocky Hill, represented Ward Leonard, Standard Fire & Insurance and Travelers Insurance. He could not be reached for comment.
Christopher J. Buccini, senior staff attorney for The Hartford, represented Ward Leonard and Pacific Insurance Co./The Hartford. He also did not provide a comment.