This award was obtained for a laborer who was severely burned due to a workplace accident. Eventually, Miguel’s partner stopped the truck with the foot brake. This was not the first time that this particular truck had rolled on its own even after the parking brake was engaged. Twice after complaints were made about this problem, the truck was taken for service and supposedly fixed. But something went terribly wrong and Miguel, in his attempt to protect the truck and the public, was left with a permanent injury and significant pain for the rest of his life. Miguel spent months in the hospital as a result of multiple surgeries and rehabilitation. And if that was not difficult enough, he was going to have to wear a brace for the rest of his life and get a total hip replacement in five to 10 years, and again in 25 years, according to his doctors. One day in the hospital, an attorney friend recommended that Miguel speak to Simonson Hess & Leibowitz, P.C. about his accident. The attorney friend, who knew of Simonson Hess & Leibowitz, P.C.’s reputation and success in recovering money to help injured clients, said they might be able to help Miguel. Miguel’s friend turned out to be right. One of Simonson Hess & Leibowitz, P.C.’s founding lawyers, Steven Hess, fought hard for Miguel, winning nearly $5.4 million for his client. Steven Hess, after countless meetings with Miguel by his hospital bedside and many hours spent working on his case, laid out a convincing and bullet-proof case against New York City and the insufficient maintenance and repair of this sanitation truck. “The accident was not Miguel’s fault, yet he was left to suffer for it for the rest of his life,” said Steven Hess. “As Miguel wanted to help those around him, we at Simonson Hess & Leibowitz, P.C. wanted to help Miguel.” Simonson Hess & Leibowitz, P.C. put to use their vast experience, top resources and best trial lawyers to win Miguel not only $5.4 million, but also the peace of mind that his wife and two young children will be able to live comfortably and feel financially secure.