Circuit Court Awards $2.4 Million to Injured Electrician; Costello & McMahon Notches Fourth Million-Dollar Verdict

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Costello & McMahon

    CHICAGO, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Last night,
 the Cook County Circuit Court awarded $2.4 million to a City of Chicago
 electrician injured when he walked into an unprotected manhole.  Judge Richard
 Berland entered the judgment on the verdict this morning on behalf of Peter
 Faraci, who was represented in the proceedings by Paul M. McMahon from the law
 firm of Costello & McMahon.  The verdict was against contractor MQ Sewer &
 Water, which left the manhole unprotected.
     The entered judgment of $2.18 million ($2.4 million less 10 percent for
 the plaintiff's own comparative fault) represents the fourth multi-million
 dollar verdict obtained in the past three years by Costello & McMahon on
 behalf of its clients.
     Prior to the verdict, Faraci's demand to settle the case had been
 $375,000.  The defendant had offered $200,000 cash, or a high-low agreement of
 $360,000/$50,000.
     Plaintiff Faraci was injured on Oct. 16, 1995 while working for the City
 of Chicago at a job site located on Narragansett Street, just north of Irving
 Park Road.  Faraci had been working on a curb when he inadvertently stepped
 down 22 inches, directly into an uncovered manhole.  Evidence indicated Faraci
 had been looking down the street at other work being performed when he stepped
 into the manhole.  An OSHA regulation in evidence made clear that the manhole
 should have been barricaded or covered.
     Faraci, now 58 years old, sustained a torn rotator cuff in his left
 shoulder as a result of the fall, which also aggravated a prior hip injury.
 Faraci, who had worked as a union electrician, has since returned to work for
 the City, but is now employed counting trucks.
     The jury deliberated just under three hours prior to reaching its verdict.
     Attorney Paul McMahon, from the firm of Costello & McMahon, tried the case
 for Mr. Faraci.  Lawrence Lulich, from Jesmer & Harris, represented the
 defendant.
 
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    CHICAGO, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Last night,
 the Cook County Circuit Court awarded $2.4 million to a City of Chicago
 electrician injured when he walked into an unprotected manhole.  Judge Richard
 Berland entered the judgment on the verdict this morning on behalf of Peter
 Faraci, who was represented in the proceedings by Paul M. McMahon from the law
 firm of Costello & McMahon.  The verdict was against contractor MQ Sewer &
 Water, which left the manhole unprotected.
     The entered judgment of $2.18 million ($2.4 million less 10 percent for
 the plaintiff's own comparative fault) represents the fourth multi-million
 dollar verdict obtained in the past three years by Costello & McMahon on
 behalf of its clients.
     Prior to the verdict, Faraci's demand to settle the case had been
 $375,000.  The defendant had offered $200,000 cash, or a high-low agreement of
 $360,000/$50,000.
     Plaintiff Faraci was injured on Oct. 16, 1995 while working for the City
 of Chicago at a job site located on Narragansett Street, just north of Irving
 Park Road.  Faraci had been working on a curb when he inadvertently stepped
 down 22 inches, directly into an uncovered manhole.  Evidence indicated Faraci
 had been looking down the street at other work being performed when he stepped
 into the manhole.  An OSHA regulation in evidence made clear that the manhole
 should have been barricaded or covered.
     Faraci, now 58 years old, sustained a torn rotator cuff in his left
 shoulder as a result of the fall, which also aggravated a prior hip injury.
 Faraci, who had worked as a union electrician, has since returned to work for
 the City, but is now employed counting trucks.
     The jury deliberated just under three hours prior to reaching its verdict.
     Attorney Paul McMahon, from the firm of Costello & McMahon, tried the case
 for Mr. Faraci.  Lawrence Lulich, from Jesmer & Harris, represented the
 defendant.
 
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