A Brooklyn (NYC) jury recently returned a $40 million verdict in favor of a construction worker severely injured when a Verizon truck struck him in 2006. Matthew Falcone, 53, was hit by a Verizon truck traveling 50 miles an hour near his Gravesend home.
Falcone suffered a traumatic brain injury and is partially paralyzed as a result of the pedestrian accident. After the crash, Falcone was in a coma and not expected to survive. He spent several weeks in the hospital, but has made a remarkable recovery. He hopes to be discharged from the Staten Island nursing home where he currently resides and move in with his sister in the near future.
Attorneys for Falcone expect the verdict to be appealed.
Construction worker wins $40 million after being struck by Verizon van, Scott Shifrel, NY Daily News, May 28, 2010.