Congratulations to Attorney Brian Ricci of the Ricci Law Firm Injury Lawyers and John Jensen of the Jensen Law Group on winning the largest combined workers’ compensation and 3rd party claim in North Carolina of 2016. This was the seventh largest settlement in the state last year, according to North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s “Top verdicts of 2016”.
When asked about the settlement, attorney Brian Ricci said, “In this case, the victim will have to live with his injuries for the rest of his life. It was a privilege to make sure that he and his family received the outcome they deserved.”
From: North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Top verdicts of 2016 (Jan. 30, 2017)
Industrial incident leads to $4M settlement
Acfter 3 1/2 years of legal wrangling, a man who suffered a brain injury when he was showered with caustic hemicals from a burst pipe while working in an industrial environment settled his suit for more than $4 million.
Pursuant to a confidentiality clause, the then-29-year-old man was not identified and several details of the case have been withheld.
The man was cleaning up and disposing of sludge at the defendant facility when one day, a 6-inch pipe carrying 1.08-degree caustic chemicals ruptured, spewing hundreds of gallons of the chemicals onto the man and his work crew.
The man rescued one of his coworkers from a frontend loader and began having breathing problems shortly after getting the coworker to the safety shower.
The plaintiff was flown to a “nationally recognized burn center,”and placed in the ICU burn unit. Because of “inhalational injuries,”the man suffered irreversible brain damage and has been unable to return to work.
The defendant’s allegations of contributory negligence–claims that the man endangered himself by going back to help his coworker—were defeated by the state’s rescue doctrine.
SETTLEMENT REPORT -WORKPLACE INJURY
Amount: $4,040,000 (cash payment of $3.5 million and lien waiver of $540,000)
Injuries alleged: Permanent and irreversible brain injury
Case name: Withheld
Mediator: Wayne Huckel of Charlotte
Date of settlement: Jan. 13
Attorneys for plaintiff: Brian Ricci of the Ricci Law Firm Injury Lawyers in Greenville and John Jensen of the Jensen Law Group in Chapel Hill
Attorneys for defendant: Withheld
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