On January 16, 2015 the plaintiff, a 29 year old undocumented construction worker was injured at a construction site when the scaffold he was working on collapsed. At the time of this construction accident, the plaintiff was performing taping work to the ceiling on the third floor of the building. His employer had provided him with a flimsy scaffold that did not reach the ceiling. The workers had to place an A-frame ladder on top of the scaffold to perform their work. As the plaintiff was performing the work he was instructed to do, the scaffold collapsed out from under him causing him and the ladder to fall 20 to 25 feet to the ground below.
The plaintiff fell onto both of his knees and suffered disabling injuries which required surgery. The plaintiff retained Accident Attorneys Oresky & Associates PLLC to represent him and they proved that the owner and general contractor were legally responsible to the plaintiff for the accident and his injuries. John J. Nonnenmacher, Esq. handled plaintiff’s damages trial. During the six day trial, the attorney for the owner of the building and the general contractor produced numerous medical experts in an attempt to convince the jury that the plaintiff’s injuries were not caused by the fall. John J. Nonnenmacher’s cross examination of the defendants’ experts convinced the jury that their opinions were not worthy of belief. Nonnenmacher successfully conveyed to the jury the seriousness of his client’s injuries and that they resulted from the fall drawing on experience as a competitive wrestler to aggressively fight for his client. After deliberating for a day, the six person jury sided with the plaintiff and rendered an award to the plaintiff in an amount in excess of $6.5 million dollars. Despite being found absolutely liable for the happening of this accident, the insurance company for the owner of the building did not offer the plaintiff any significant money to settle his action. After jury selection, the insurance company offered the plaintiff $500,000.00 to settle his case. Believing in their client, the jury and the judicial system, the offer was turned down and the case tried to verdict. Mr. Nonnenmacher obtained a verdict for over 6 million dollars more than the insurance company’s offer.
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