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SKETCHES OF COURT: Verdict in favor of electrocuted plaintiff in labor law trial

August 3, 2016 | Dominique A. Penson
Court sketch by Alba Acevedo | Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Plaintiff was a journeyman electrician who was electrocuted at a public middle school construction project in Brooklyn. He claimed that this was because he and his foreman were required to work on wires that could not be traced to an electrical breaker panel in order to shut down the current, and because they were also prohibited from shutting the electricity to the school, even though the work was being done on a summer night when school was not in session. Defendants claimed that plaintiff could have simply refused to work under such circumstances until the risks of the job could be addressed. The liability portion of the case went to trial in Kings County Supreme Court in July, 2016. Plaintiff was represented by BMSP attorneys, Dominique Penson and Bruce Kaye. After several weeks of trial, the jury returned a verdict in the plaintiff’s favor, finding the defendants 100% at fault for plaintiff’s accident, and finding that plaintiff was not comparatively at fault.

The second phase of the trial is scheduled for this September.  We will be asking a jury to award compensation for our client’s pain and suffering and lost income.

Read the full article here: (By Alba Acevedo, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 29, 2016)

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