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Thursday, 27 Nov 2014

Client Injured in Elevator Accident Collects $1.875 Million Dollars

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As he lay in his hospital bed, Jose Reyes wondered how he would pay his enormous medical bills. He wanted to call an attorney but feared any attempt to collect for the injuries sustained in his work-related accident would result in his deportation. These fears often haunt many hard-working immigrants who become injured in an accident. Fortunately, Mr. Reyes made a call to the attorneys of Ferro, Kuba, Mangano, Sklyar, P.C.

At and the law firm of Ferro, Kuba, Mangano, Sklyar, P.C. you will find a team of caring attorneys and support staff that for more than twenty years have represented many clients involved in accidents at commercial construction sites, new residential constructions, major renovation job sites and other work-related accidents. Many of these clients are undocumented aliens.

During the initial consultation with the client the firm assures the client that their undocumented status does not prohibit them from making a claim for pain and suffering as a result of the injuries they sustained. A negligent owner or construction manager may in many instances be strictly liable for failing to provide a safe place to work. At FKMS the attorneys immediately begin working to ensure equal access to the legal system for all injured people regardless of their documentation. In fact, the Supreme Court has ruled that all persons regardless of their immigration status have the right to pursue a claim.

In 2006 Francisco Reyes, a laborer, was involved in a work site accident when he and two coworkers were trapped in a freight elevator. During the transport of roofing materials to the roof, the counter weight cable snapped, causing the elevator to drop five floors to the bottom of the shaft. Our client’s injuries required two back surgeries. He was an undocumented worker at the time of this accident. He is a Mexican citizen and initially did not think he could pursue a claim here in New York. After an extensive in-hospital free consultation with a representative of which addressed all his concerns and explained his legal rights, Mr. Reyes retained the attorneys of and Ferro, Kuba, Mangano, Sklyar, P.C. to pursue a claim on his behalf. After three years of litigation and on the eve of trial, the case settled for $1.875 million dollars. Had he never made the initial phone call, it is likely that Mr. Reyes would never have pursued his rights under the law and would not have recovered the compensation for his pain and suffering.

In addition to pain and suffering, a client’s undocumented status does not preclude them from seeking workers' compensation benefits. This remedy will reimburse the client for medical expenses and a percentage of their lost wage claim. Finally, the laws similarly protect those who may be bringing a claim on behalf of the estate of an alien whose death is caused by the negligence of another. If you, a loved one or friend is injured due to the negligence of another do not hesitate to find out what your rights are. A call is free and the advice and legal representation you receive is priceless.

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