NOTABLE CASES

Notable Cases

Pacheco v. Macs Construction

$3.5 Million – Settlement – Construction Accident

Alejandro Pacheco was working as a laborer on the ground floor when the building under construction suddenly collapsed and crushed Mr. Pacheco. The collapse occurred at the time when concrete was being poured on the third floor. Mr. Pacheco sustained severe injuries including permanent damage to his spine, hip, and pelvis. Mr. Pacheco argued that the concrete slabs and walls above the first floor had not cured enabling the temporary post shores placed between the first and second floors to withstand the additional weight from above. Expert testimony and OSHA investigators concluded the defendants failed to provide sufficient shoring to provide sufficient shoring support to concrete loads of the third floor.

Caviglia v. Adventure Sports & The Hartford

$1.97 Million – Verdict – Workers Compensation

Alejandro Caviglia was kite surfing and testing equipment for his company when he sustained a tragic accident that left him in a coma for ten months and ultimately claimed his life soon thereafter. The Employer and Insurance Carrier denied all benefits claiming that Mr. Caviglia was not in the course in scope of his employment. Attorney, Javier Rodriguez took the case to trial where the Judge ruled in favor of Mr. Caviglia and awarded payment of all medical bills, past indemnity benefits, death benefits, funeral expenses and attorney’s fees.

Hernandez v. Oz Construction

$1.6 Million – Settlement Workers Compensation

Candido Hernandez was working as a laborer installing roofing at a private residence when he fell from a height of approximately 20 feet to the ground. Mr. Hernandez fell into an open elevator shaft. The fall that left Mr. Hernandez paralyzed from the waist down. Mr. Hernandez’s employer forced Mr. Hernandez to sign a settlement release of all claims for less than $20,000.00. Attorney Juan Lucas Alvarez, was able to nullify said agreement and filed a claim against the proper defendants. The insurance carrier accepted responsibility for all medical and indemnity benefits due to Mr. Hernandez and the claim later settled.

Estupinan v. Atlas Traffic Management

1.3 Million – Settlement – Workers Compensation

Rolando Estupinan was working as an engineer for Atlas Traffic Management. Specifically, on the date of his accident, he was inside a ‘cherry picker’ vehicle and at a height of approximately twenty (20) feet above the ground repairing a traffic signal when another automobile negligently struck the cherry picker vehicle. The impact caused Mr. Estupinan to be thrown off the bucket and he fell onto the concrete road. Mr. Estupinan sustained severe and permanent brain injuries as a result of this tragic accident. The lawyers of Law Offices of Juan Lucas Alvarez petitioned the court to award permanent total disability benefits for Mr. Estupinan and to order the insurance company to pay for ongoing medical care including attendant care services. The parties were noticed and ready for trial when the insurance company agreed to settle this claim prior to the trial date.

Blanco v. ABC Trucking, Co.

$1.0 Million – Settlement – Trucking Accident

Ricardo Blanco was employed as a commercial truck driver when he was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident. Mr. Blanco sustained serious injuries to his back and shoulder. The insurance company initially argued that Mr. Blanco was an employee of the company which was an exception to coverage under the applicable policy. Mr. Alvarez successfully argued that Mr. Blanco was not an employee but rather an independent contractor and the insurance company elected to cover the loss. Mr. Alvarez was able to reach a settlement for the limits of the insurance policy.

Arjona v. Associated Industries

$400,000.00 – Settlement – Workers Compensation

Claimant was employed as a nurse case manager. As part of her job duties, she was required to be “on call” for certain days and alternating weekends. While “on call” she was involved in a tragic accident with severe injuries, including permanent brain damage. The insurance company denied the case in its entirety alleging that she was not in the course and scope of employment while on the phone as a passenger in a car. Attorney, Javier Rodriguez filed a claim with the Division of Administrative Hearings and was able to secure a settlement for the Arjona Family.

Young v. The Hartford & State Farm Insurance

$350,000.00 – Settlement – Auto Accident

Plaintiff, a minor, was a rear seat passenger during a motor vehicle accident. Eric Young sustained multiple crush fractures to his leg as well as a laceration to his face that required over 50 stitches and left a permanent scar. Both of the insurance companies tendered their full policy limits.

Quesada v. Hendry County School Board

$200,000.00 – Settlement – Negligence

Plaintiff was on his high school track team and competed in the pole vault. During a practice session, plaintiff landed on a cushion but fell off onto a concrete surface. He was airlifted to a local hospital where he passed away. Attorney, Juan Lucas Alvarez argued that the School Board was negligent in supervision and allowing the landing cushion to be placed directly next to the concrete asphalt.

Moore v. FCCI Insurance Company

$225,000.00 – Settlement – Workers Compensation

Claimant sustained a back injury that prevented him from a gainful employment. After receiving minimal settlement offers prior to representation, we were successful in settling the case directly with the insurance adjuster.