Giacomo and Margaret Terranova v. City of New York
Type of Injury
BRAIN DAMAGE AND THROMBOPHLEBITIS
New York, NY
This action settled for $2,200,000 during trial
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.