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Farmworker Wins $1 Million Settlement In Injury Case – Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorney Paul S. Padda

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A California farmworker, Robert Ramirez Lopez, was on the job only three days in September 2009 when a tragic accident caused his left arm to be crushed and become mangled by a machine that processes watermelons. Mr. Lopez was tapping a watermelon with his hand in order to send it through the processing machine when his arm was crushed by a dumping mechanism in the machine.

As a result of his injuries, Mr. Lopez will never be able to work a manual labor job again. He now has limited use of his arm even though much of it was repaired during surgery. The case was settled only two weeks before the start of trial. Ironically, Mr. Lopez was only able to achieve such a high settlement because the machine that injured him was manufactured by a separate company that was not his employer. If Mr. Lopez had been employed by the company that owned the machine, then any compensation he received would have been limited to a worker’s compensation claim. Under worker’s compensation, his recovery would have been around $135,000.

If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by heavy machinery, it is extremely important you discuss your legal options with an experienced products liability attorney. Products liability cases require hiring the right expert and can entail a significant investment in both time and money. The right lawyer, however, can get you the right result. At Paul Padda Law, PLLC we know what it takes to win. Don’t get mad, get legal!


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Paul Padda, a former federal prosecutor, is the founder of Paul Padda Law: a law firm based in Las Vegas Nevada representing plaintiffs throughout the nation in personal injury and other civil cases. With over 15 years experience litigating in federal and state court, Paul has a proven track record of success, including obtaining one of the largest jury verdicts in Nevada history. A first generation American, Paul is dedicated and committed to helping his clients navigate the legal system and take on large and powerful interests. A lawyer who truly cares, Paul provides individualized and compassionate attention to each and every one of his clients.

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