Injuries that take place at work may be covered by worker’s compensation, but there is only so far that worker’s comp can go. It can help to cover medical bills and a portion of the injured worker’s salary, but it isn’t meant for the long term. If an injury has caused enough permanent damage to affect the person’s ability to earn wages in the future or may require future medical costs or financial losses, it may be time to get a personal injury lawyer. All employers have a duty to provide their employees with a safe, hazard-free place to work.
The NY Post reports that a man has won a $101 million verdict from Live Nation after a fall at a Jones Beach event.
36-year-old Mark Perez was awarded a whopping $101 million verdict by a Manhattan Supreme Court jury.
The award was in relation to a 2013 fall that left Perez with a fractured skull. So far, Perez has had to undergo four brain surgeries and now suffers from memory loss. He requires full-time care.
On June 26, 2013, Perez was setting up the Best Buy booth when a forklift crashed into the structure. Perez plummeted to the ground, fracturing his skull. His first surgery was done on the same day that he fell. His family was told he had a 10% chance of survival.
Later in 2013, he filed the lawsuit against Live Nation, the promoter who sponsored the event. Live Nation eventually offered a $31 million settlement a week before the trial began in October. Perez rejected the offer.
Live Nation was found to be liable for Perez’s injuries in 2016 but said the amount of the damages would need to be determined by a jury.