Joseph P. Carfora and Michael A. Rose from Hach & Rose, LLP, secured the highest construction accident verdict in the state of New York last year for their clients Elvia Munoz and Victor Munoz.
Victor Munoz was working as an engineer’s assistant at a hotel on June 16, 2007 when he fell from the ladder he was standing on, suffering injuries to his head / brain, ribs, shoulder, and spine. Munoz sued several parties, including the hotel’s operator and that corporation’s franchisor, alleging that they violated New York’s Labor Laws. Munoz claimed that he was not provided with the proper safety equipment he needed to safely perform his job and that he was not provided with a way to safely secure the ladder on which he was working.
The jury in the case found in favor of the defendants and awarded damages totaling $13,020,856.69, for past and future medical costs, past and future loss of services, past and future lost earnings, and past and future pain and suffering. This verdict was the 11th overall highest verdict for the year in the state of New York.