He got ran over by a huge machine at work and has a rather permanent injury. And now he's weaned from getting back his higher-earning job, or anything similar, since he really doesn't have the aptitude to go into much else. The previous line of work had been a long one. Pretty much living on E.I right now.
Technically it was negilence on the company's part, but we've had to go through huge hoops to make them acknowledge squat. I don't even think they've been doing anything for him as of now. The government has done squat. There's some headway and he's slowly found a possible path (no thanks to anyone other than himself), but the overall experience has been real bitter for all of us.