TBI Verdict – Mouta
Fall From Defective Ladder Caused Brain Damage
In the TBI verdict from the case of Mouta v. Essex Market Development LLC, decided on April 19th in the Bronx’s Supreme Court, workers throughout New York State received a resounding confirmation that their rights matter.
The victim in this TBI case was a 43-year-old construction worker. Domingos Mouta, a worker on a jobsite in Brooklyn, fell two stories from a scaffold that, unbeknownst to him, was being dismantled. When the roof collapsed Mr. Mouta fell two stories with the back of his head striking the concrete.
The basic claim was a violation of the labor laws of the state of New York by failing to provide safety equipment. In court, his attorneys were able to prove that the project’s property owner should be held liable for Mouta’s injuries, which included severe brain damage. Mouta had not been provided with any of the Federally-mandated safety devices that could have spared him the trauma.
Mouta was awarded just under $12 million in damages. This case was selected by the editors of VerdictSearch as a “Featured Verdict.” This result was the 15th largest verdict reported in the New York State court system in 2013.