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Seattle -- A construction worker has been awarded $2.59 million after a horrendous fall at a construction site.
It took thirteen years, but justice has been served for Alex Salas, who was injured when he fell 30 feet, crushing his pelvis, breaking his leg and wrist, and causing traumatic brain injury.
In the initial court proceedings, it was determined that his company was at fault for having improper ladders, but the jury decided he should not be awarded for damages because he was an undocumented worker.
"When we went to trial in 2006, I felt that we had presented a very strong case to the jury, and their verdict that Hi Tech was negligent proved that out," said Robert Kornfeld, a partner of Kornfeld Trudell Bowen and Lingenbrink. "We were very surprised, though, that even with Hi Tech's negligence, the jury refused to award Alex damages despite his horrendous injuries."