2015 will forever be the worst year in the life of Manuel Álvarez. He arrived six years earlier from Spain and was working in a new building in Jersey City. With all the work done by his colleagues, his responsibility that day was to dismantle the scaffolding.
With a helmet on his head and harnesses on his body, Manuel climbed the structure located about nine feet up, however, there was no where to attach the safety ropes. They also did not assign him a taskmate. He began to dismantle the pieces alone and was throwing them towards the ground. There was a section where another scaffold was below it causing him to turn around to throw the pieces on the other side. One of the pieces he carried collided with the board on which he was standing and he fell flat on his face.
Manuel does not remember how long he was unconscious, he just remembers when they called the ambulance. “Initially I thought it was fine, but then it hit me, this tremendous pain on the right side of my ribs. For two months he was in the hospital unable to do anything. “Then, one day, I was discharged” he recalls. Two days later, he had to return to emergency room, this time at a different hospital, because a lump he had on the right side of the body burst. There he was operated on immediately because the entire area was infected. “They left my wound open because I had to go down three times a week to the operating room to clean it. I was about to die”.
The accident left Manuel with part of his liver and right lung perforated, as well as a clot in his brain that affects his mobility. “The right hand and leg do not react. They’re going to do an MRI to see if they can operate on me, “he says. The Ginarte law firm took his case when he was in the second hospital and immediately opened proceedings for criminal negligence and for permanent disability. “They have done a lot for me. They have taken care of the processing of medical expenses with the insurer. I know I’m in good hands, I do not doubt that, “he says.
The Ginarte law firm has been winning personal injury cases for Hispanic clients in New York and New Jersey for more than 35 years. For a free consultation call 1-888-446-2783 or visit https://www.ginarte.com/.