Brazilian construction worker received compensation of $ 6.5 million in US
The accident occurred on January 26th, 2009, when M.V. settled wooden boards (plywood) on top of a 14 feet high ladder, in Long Island, NY
After crossing the Mexican border illegally eight years ago, the Brazilian immigrant M.V., who asked not to be identified, 42 years old, married, a native of the Vale do Rio Doce (MG), Brazil, residing in Newark (NJ), had his life again exposed to danger. On January 26th, 2009, when he was installing wooden boards (plywood) on top of a 14 feet tall ladder, strong winds pushed the board and threw him violently to the ground. The accident occurred during the construction of a house in the region of Long Island (NY).
After being treated by a rescue team, M.V. spent 8 months fighting for his life at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. After 2 and half months in a coma, he was told by doctors that he had fractured his spine in several places, and thus losing the movement waist down. Once out of the hospital, he received medical care at the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center in Livingston (NJ).
After more than two years fighting in the courts, M.V., represented by the law firm of Koehler & Isaacs, LLP, based in Manhattan (NY), on September 29th, made a legal agreement with the insurers of the two contractors responsible for the construction and received the compensation of US$ 6.5 million. Certainly, that amount does not restore his health, but surely will ensure a comfortable and secure future for M.V. and his family in Brazil.
The also Brazilian, Ailton de Souza, representative of Koehler & Isaacs in Brazil and USA, stressed the importance of consulting with qualified professionals citing an accident involving the same insurer. According Ailton, another worker also suffered an accident similar and fractured his spine, becoming quadriplegic (lost movement from the neck down). However, during the negotiations, his lawyers, who were not associated with the Koehler & Isaacs, won the compensation of just US$ 1 million.
“It is very important to have a qualified professional who really fight for your rights, because it can make a big difference in the end,” said Souza.
After receiving M. V. compensation, M.V. plans to return to Brazil soon and take up residence in Governador Valadares (MG), where he will be closer to hospitals and medical services and also universities for his youngest daughter of 16 years old. Currently, he moves around with the aid of a wheelchair.
Do you have a family member who has recently been injured due to accident at work, car, subway or bus? Suffered physical harm resulting from medical errors and hospital negligence? If you need legal representation for these and other cases, call (973) 766-4792, (973) 551-5562 or (917) 551-1326 and contact a representative of Koehler & Isaacs at no cost, unless you win the case or have an agreement made with the parties involved. Visit the website, in Portuguese: p.koehler-isaacs.com.