Panel of Judges Decides Attorney Hurt in Bike Accident Cannot Amend Settlement


In 2017, Melvin Schwechter, a BakerHostetler attorney, went on a biking retreat lead by the company. While on the trip, an accident occurred that led to Schwechter being paralyzed. He immediately filed a workers’ compensation claim, which was soon denied by a judge who determined that Schwechter was not owed benefits or compensation because the accident “did not arise out of the work he completed for the firm.” Schwechter immediately appealed the decision to the Compensation Review Board in Washington D.C., which is part of the Department of Employment Services. During this time, both parties were able to come to a deal that BakerHostetler would pay out a lump sum of $1.05 million for “medical expenses arising out of the accident.”

Not even one year later, Schwechter attempted to appeal the settlement decision, claiming that his disability condition had changed within the year, and that his compensation should be compromised. Schwechter claims that his condition has gotten worse, and that Covid-19 negatively impacted his treatment and caused his medical expenses to increase.