Workplace Injury

$10.3 Million – Condominium Collapses

We all want to feel safe at our place of work. Unfortunately, sometimes those who we entrust with our safety fail to fulfill their duty. The Nance Cacciatore law firm has experience helping those who have been injured while at work.

$3 Million – Space Shuttle Program Injuries and Deaths

Employees have a right to expect that their workplace is well maintained and that those in charge are looking out for their safety and best interest. Sadly, employers do not always live up to their end of the obligation.

In September of 1984, Nance Cacciatore secured a $3 million settlement of 5 lawsuits for 2 deaths and 3 injury claims against NASA, Pan Am, and Wackenhut Services, Inc. The accident resulted from negligence by NASA in failing to warn of an extended nitrogen purge of the compartment in which the workers/clients were working as part of the Space Shuttle program.

In December of 1983, Nance Cacciatore was one of three law firms that secured a $10.3 million settlement for victims of the Harbour Cay Condo that collapsed, resulting in 11 deaths and a number of injuries.

$1.5 million – Police Officer killed by drunk driver, Verdict

For those who have to work on or near local roadways life can be very perilous. On May 31, 1992 the decedent, a Satellite Beach police officer, had made a routine stop of a motor vehicle along Highway A1A in Satellite Beach. While working a routine traffic stop, the on-duty police officer was killed when a drunk driver rear-ended his motor vehicle that was stopped along the side of the road.

Nance Cacciatore with James H. Nance represented the mother and father of the deceased, a 22 year-old police officer, in a wrongful death action against the drunk driver and obtained a $1.5 million verdict at trial for their clients.

$1 Million – Roof Collapses: First Million Dollar Verdict in Brevard County

Employees expect to be safe when they are at their workplace. There’s an expectation that those who are in charge are doing everything that they can to keep their employees free from harm. However, proper precautions are not always taken, and injuries occur and the Nance Cacciatore Law Firm has been there to help the victims get the compensation they deserve. For instance in 1971 Nance Cacciatore obtained the first $1 million verdict in Brevard County. A worker was rendered paraplegic when the trusses supporting the roof of a new Sears store failed during a concrete pour and he was crushed by over 200,000 pounds of wet concrete.

$1 Million – Dog Attack

Dogs can make wonderful pets, but when negligent owners don’t properly keep their pets secured the dog can escape and cause serious harm to person and property. Sometimes individuals come across unrestrained dogs while working and violent attacks occur.
The Nance Cacciatore law firm represented a meter reader was walking her route when she came upon a house rented by the Defendant-tenant in Port St. John. As the client approached the house, four dogs – all pit bulls – leaped over a four-foot high fence and attacked her. She tried using pepper spray to force the dogs to back off, but it had no effect. The dogs immediately bit her and dragged her around the yard, their sharp teeth and clenched jaws showing no signs of letting up. Once able to get away, she ran to a neighbor’s house for help, with the neighbor calling 911.The client sustained a number of injuries, with severe scarring and disfigurement to the face.

Investigation is very important in these types of cases, so when she contacted Nance Cacciatore, our investigators interviewed several of the Defendant-tenant’s neighbors and learned that a number of previous complaints had been made to the property owner, Penn Properties, and its trustee about the dogs, with one neighbor even resorting to a claw hammer to defend himself against these vicious hounds. Our firm filed suit, based in part on the fact that defendant Penn Properties either knew or should have known that the dogs were dangerous.

Based on our investigation and subsequent negotiations with the defendant’s insurance carrier, James Nance settled the case for the policy limit of $1 million, giving our client the financial security to cover future medical expenses and lost wages without worrying about how she will make ends meet.

$325,000 – Workplace Injury Settlement

The Plaintiff was working at Honest John’s Fish Camp in Melbourne Beach, Florida when a Bradco Supply truck arrived at his place of business to deliver some aluminum roofing material. The Bradco Supply driver requested Plaintiff’s assistance in unloading the roofing material by hand instead of unloading this material with an available, functional forklift that was attached to the back of the delivery truck as was the company’s policy.

Prior to the unloading of this material, the Bradco truck driver provided no information or warning regarding the weight, physical properties or other hazards associated with the handling of the material he was delivery nor did he offer or supply any gloves or other safety equipment to the Plaintiff during the unloading process. As the truck driver slid the material off of the side of the truck to the Plaintiff, he was unable to retain control over the surprising weight and unexpected flexibility of the metal roofing sheets. Plaintiff sustained a very serious right forearm laceration as the roofing sheets fell from the bed of the truck to the ground striking Plaintiff’s arm.

Nance Cacciatore obtained a settlement of $325,000.00 on behalf of his client.

The Juliana Mason Case

Over the decades the Nance Cacciatore law firm has represented many clients who have been injured while at work. When equipment is well maintained, or proper precautions are not put in place, tragic accidents can occur. In one notable case back in 1971 Nance Cacciatore obtained the first $1 Million verdict on behalf of an African American in the United States. The plaintiff Juliana Mason was a concrete worker who was seriously injured when the roof of the Sears building in Melbourne collapsed, causing him to fall some 20 feet. When he awoke, the doctors told him that the news was grim – he was permanently paralyzed from the waist down. The defendants in the case were the building contractors involved in construction of the scaffolding and the roof. There was no settlement offer made before trial. During jury selection, attorneys Jim Nance and Sammy Cacciatore had to deal with many jurors who had deep-seeded prejudice about the prospect of awarding money damages to a black man. The trial lasted over 4 weeks and reporters worked in shifts to cover the story. The jury deliberated for some 33 hours. When the landmark verdict was announced there was an eruption in the courtroom. The headline in the Florida Today newspaper said, “From itinerant cotton picker to millionaire.”

Mason, who was 31 at the time, had grown up in a poverty stricken area around Tuskegee, Alabama. He was the son of itinerant laborers and picked cotton as a boy. He dropped out of school in the 5th grade and moved to Florida to pick oranges. When he landed a construction job making $1.95 an hour, he said, “I was on top of the world. That was more money than I’d ever made before.” Mason promised to give his son opportunities in life that he’d never had growing up. It was a privilege for our firm to assist Mr. Mason.

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