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NJ Woman Gets $5M Verdict from Electrical Injuries

TOWNSHIP OF IRVINGTON, NJ –  A legal coverage dispute arose out of a personal injury that occurred when the Township of Irvington firefighters responded to a report of a flooded basement. While the firefighters were on the scene, an individual in the basement, Chantel Porras, was exposed to a live electric current and she suffered serious injuries.

After the accident occurred, Porras sued the Township in the Law Division, seeking compensation for her injuries. The record indicates that the Township’s defense counsel made what Coregis contends to be various mistakes in handling the Porras litigation. Among other things: he did not retain a defense medical expert or have Porras examined; he failed to take the depositions of Porras and several of the firefighters who were on the scene; and he did not file opposition to Porras’s motion for partial summary judgment on liability.

Porras then filed a de novo demand for a jury trial. At that time the Township’s defense counsel recommended that the case was worth $65,000 in settlement value. He consequently obtained a slightly higher sum, $75,000, in settlement authority from Coregis. Porras rejected the $75,000 offer and demanded the $1 million municipal policy limit, a critical fact that was unfortunately not timely conveyed to Coregis.

After the trial court granted Porras partial summary judgment on liability, the matter went to trial. The jury awarded Porras $5 million in damages. Through remittitur, the trial judge reduced the award to $1 million.   In an ensuing appeal and cross-appeal, a panel of our court reinstated the $5 million verdict.

Story via Leagle.com See the full comments on the case

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  1. av
    April 15, 2010 at 8:10 am

    CORRECTION:

    FIREFIGHTERS WERE NOT AT THE SCENCE DURING THE ACCIDENT. THE FIREFIGHTERS NEGLIGENT IN THE FACT THAT THEY LEFT THE SCENCE AND LEFT THE EQUIPMENT AT THE SCENCE WITHOUT FIREFIGHTER SUPERVISION.

    THE PUMP WAS FOUND TO HAVE BEEN DEFECTIVE AND THE FIRE DEPT WAS AWARE OF THE DEFECT FOR ABOUT 2YRS ACCORDING TO THEIR EQUIPMENT RECORDS AND STILL UTILIZED THE PUMP AND FAILED TO PROTECT THE SAFETY OF THEIR CITZENS AND EVEN THEIR OWN EMPLOYEES

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