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Giacomo and Margaret Terranova v. City of New York

Case Name

Giacomo and Margaret Terranova v. City of New York

Type of Injury

BRAIN DAMAGE AND THROMBOPHLEBITIS

Occupation

carpenter

Location

New York, NY

Verdict

This action settled for $2,200,000 during trial

Verdict Amount

$2,200,000.00

Case Details

XI/40-27 SCAFFOLD ACCIDENT LABOR LAW BRAIN DAMAGE AND THROMBOPHLEBITIS

SETTLEMENT: Giacomo and Margaret Terranova v. City of New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Lehrer McGovern Bovis, Inc.; Haggerty Millwork Corp.; Vanguard Diversified, Inc.; Kevin Roche; Roche/Dinkerloo & Assoc.; and Bernard Lucchese/Haggerty Millwork Corp. v. Cord Contracting Co., Inc. and Cord Wall Construction Co., Inc. 333/91 Date of Settlement 1/27/94 New York Supreme

Pltf. Atty: Frank A. Composto of Composto & Longo, Brooklyn

This action settled for $2,200,000 during trial. Pltf., a 60-year- old carpenter, claimed that on 8/9/90 at 9:30 AM, he was working on a scaffold in the arms and armor room of the Metropolitan Museum of Art when he fell to the ground after the scaffold broke. Pltf. was employed by Third-party Deft. Cord. Roche-Dinkerloo & Assoc. and Lucchese, the architects and engineer, were dismissed. Summary judgment was granted against the City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lehrer McGovern Bovis, and Haggerty Millwork Corp.

Injuries: closed head injury with subarachnoid hemorrhage, bilateral temporal lobe hematoma, loss of motor skills, and some intellectual deficits; thrombophlebitis. Pltf. claimed that he is unable to ambulate over long distances. Demonstrative evidence: anatomical charts; model of the brain. Specials: $128,000 for past expenses. Pltf. Experts: Dr. Alvin Greenberg, internist, Franklin Square; Dr. Alan Dietzek, vascular surgeon, Manhasset; Dr. David Biddle, neurologist, New Hyde Park; Dr. Conrad Berenson, Ph.D., economist, Woodbury; Edmond Provder, Ph.D., vocational rehabilitation, Manhattan. Settlement apportionment: the City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Lehrer McGovern Bovis paid $240,000; Haggerty Millwork Corp. paid $75,000; Cord Contracting and Cord Wall Construction paid $1,885,000.