What is the most rewarding part of being an attorney?
One of the most rewarding and challenging aspects of our jobs as trial attorneys is speaking for people who can’t speak for themselves. Just recently, I was involved in a trial where our firm was representing a man who had moved to the United States from Ecuador and didn’t speak any English, had a great job at a New York hotel, and he was asked to paint a loading dock outside of the hotel. The hotel didn’t provide him with anyone to hold the ladder. They didn’t provide him with any safety equipment or any safe means to do his work. So while he was painting that day, he fell about twelve feet from the ladder directly onto his head suffering a horrible traumatic brain injury, spent about a year in the hospital and had to relearn how to walk, talk, eat. All of the basic things that we take for granted on a daily basis. But all he wanted to do was get better, and he got to a point where he was able to return home and, with assistance, he could function; he could live his life. However, there were many, many things, many of them subtle, that he suffered from on a daily basis, things that occur when someone suffers from a traumatic brain injury.
The challenge that I had was making a jury understand that although he looked like he was healthy, all of these things that you can’t see, that he couldn’t communicate because of the fact that he was injured. He couldn’t communicate because of the fact that he suffered from these injuries and was unable to properly articulate what he was going through on a daily basis, what his family suffered from on a daily basis, and the daily challenges they went through as a family. After an eight-week trial, we were able to obtain a $13,000,000 jury verdict on behalf of him and his family, and they’ll never have those concerns regarding the pressures of money again. And that’s really what’s rewarding about what we do here.
If you have been hurt due to the negligence of another party, please call Hach & Rose, LLP, at 212-779-0057 to speak with a New York personal injury attorney for legal representation.