Brain injured man awarded $40 million
Verizon was ordered to pay $40 million in damages to a New York man who was left severely injured after being struck by one of the wireless company's trucks.
Matthew Falcone, 53, of Brooklyn was hit by a Verizon truck going 50 miles an hour near his home. Falcone had been employed as a construction worker prior to the crash.
Falcone was left in a coma for weeks following the accident and was not expected to survive. He now suffers brain damage and partial paralysis.
The award will allow Falcone to move in with his sister who will care for him. He was previously living in a Staten Island nursing home.