In a huge verdict, a Brooklyn construction worker who suffered traumatic brain injury after being hit by a Verizon truck was awarded $40 million in New York Supreme Court this week.
The jury award was for disabled Matthew Falcone, 53, who will now be able to move from a Staten Island, N.Y., nursing home and live with his sister, Doreen Bergamo, 52.
Falcone sustained serious brain damage and was partially paralyzed after being struck by the Verizon vehicle, which was doing 50 mph when it hit him near his home four years ago, according to the Daily News.
Falcone was in a coma, and not expected to live, after the accident. He was hospitalized for many weeks. Now, his speech is still not clear and he needs a wheelchair.
Bergamo told the News that she plans to alter her home to accommodate Falcone’s special needs, and that she will be hiring attendants to help care for him.
Verizon said it is considering appealing the jury verdict, according to the News.
Attorney Gordon Johnson
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice
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