Earlier this month, a construction worker in New York who was injured on the job collected $5 million in compensation after accepting a settlement offered by his former employer and the property owner where the injury occurred.
According to one local news report, the accident occurred back in 2008 in Buffalo, New York, when an on-the-job fall caused the plaintiff to tear his rotator cuff and puncture his lung, and also gave him eight herniated discs. As a result of the fall, the plaintiff needed to undergo several follow-up corrective surgeries in order to get him as close to his previous condition as possible.
The plaintiff filed suit against both the general contractor that employed him, as well as the property owner where the fall occurred. However, at trial, the defendants asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming, among other things, that the plaintiff’s injuries were not caused by the fall but were pre-existing at the time of the fall. They also argued that the plaintiff failed to take a safer available route while on the job.
However, the judge rejected the defendants’ request, allowing the case to continue forward into the liability phase of the trial. At trial, the judge found that the defendants were 100% liable for the plaintiff’s injuries. It was then time to determine the appropriate amount of damages.
However, before the judge was able to come to a determination as to the appropriate amount of damages, the parties came to an agreement that resulted in a $5 million award for the plaintiff.
The Importance of Settlement Negotiations
The vast majority of Maryland personal injury cases end in the acceptance of a settlement offer rather than a determination of liability and damages by a judge or jury. Because of this, it becomes incredibly important that Maryland personal injury victims are well-represented in all phases of the trial, from the beginning to the end.
Settlement negotiations can occur at almost any phase of the trial. Whether it in be pre-trial negotiations or post-liability damages negotiations, as it was in the case discussed above, the assistance of an experienced attorney can prove invaluable at any stage in the lawsuit.
If you have been involved in any kind of serious accident, contact an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney today to discuss your case.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Personal Injury Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in any kind of Maryland personal injury accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. To make sure that you are well-represented throughout the entire litigation process, contact one of the skilled attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. The skilled attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen have decades of experience representing clients in all kinds of personal injury cases at all stages of the litigation process, including settlement negotiations. To learn more about how the dedicated attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen can help you in your case, call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free initial consultation.
More Blog Posts:
Construction Worker Injured in Workplace Accident Receives Verdict of over $21 Million, Maryland Accident Law Blog, November 10, 2014.
Change of Venue Ordered in Medical Malpractice Case; Impartial Jury Concerns Cited, Maryland Accident Law Blog, December 1, 2014.