Worker making a delivery ended up with a crushed hand when he tried to help a warehouse employee. Jury awarded over $1 million and found the defendant completely at fault.
- Case Name: Gonzalo Mayorga v. Biagi Bros. Inc.
- Court and Case Number: Napa Superior/ 26-54399
- Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, November 16, 2011
- Type of Case: Industrial Accident
- Judge or Arbitrator(s): Hon. Francisca P. Tisher
Plaintiffs: Gonzalo Mayorga, 50, truck driver
Defendants: Biagi Bros. Inc.
- Type of Result: Jury Verdict
- Gross Verdict or Award: $1,483,495
- Net Verdict or Award: $483,495
- Trial or Arbitration Time: 6 days
- Jury Deliberation Time: 3 hours
- Jury Polls: 12-0
Attorney for the Plaintiff: Kuvara Law Firm by Daniel Slijepcevich, San Rafael
Attorney for the Defendant: Murchison & Cumming, LLP by Kasey A. Townsend, San Francisco
Facts and Background
Facts and Background:
On March 9, 2010, plaintiff delivered a container of wine cases to a warehouse owned by Biagi Bros. Inc. While there, he reached his non-dominant, right hand into the clamp of a forklift to straighten out a plastic slip sheet that separated cases of wine. While his hand was in the clamp, the forklift operator engaged the clamp, which crushed plaintiff's hand.
Employee forklift operator asked for plaintiff's help in straightening out the plastic slip sheet before engaging the clamp.
Plaintiff was not asked for assistance, acted of his own accord and should be considered at least comparatively negligent.
Injuries and Other Damages
Physical Injuries claimed by Plaintiff:
Mayorga was taken to the hospital by ambulance. His right hand was near amputation, but surgeons were able to re-attach it. He underwent five months of physical therapy as well as a second surgery to loosen adhesions and improve mobility.
Plaintiff claimed his hand is dramatically disfigured and that he is only able to use his right hand to grasp small objects lightly with his thumb and forefinger. He also claimed daily residual pain that has prevented his return to work as a truck driver and kept him from his former hobby of boxing.