Attorneys Jason Helsel and Mark Vogt Secure $2M Settlement in Premises Liability Case

Fowler | Helsel | Vogt is proud to announce that Attorneys Jason A. Helsel and Mark A. Vogt have secured a $2 million settlement on behalf of one of our recent clients. The case result has been featured in the latest issue of Trials Digest as the publication's “Case of the Month.”

Attorneys Helsel and Vogt represented David Castillo, an HVAC worker who was hired to work on the defendant's property, a complex of five two-story apartment buildings. While repairing an air conditioning unit, the ladder affixed to the side of the building that Castillo was using broke away from its fastenings, causing him to fall approximately 16 feet to the ground, where he sustained serious injury.

The defendant initially asserted that they held no responsibility for this accident, but Attorneys Helsel and Vogt disagreed. Outside of court, they were able to effectively assert the defendant's “duty to exercise ordinary care” under California Civic Code Section 1714(a). Simply put, property owners are obligated to provide safe conditions to all those who are welcomed or allowed on the property. In Mr. Castillo's case, he was allowed onto the property as a licensee who was exposed to a dangerous condition that should have reasonably been addressed by the property owner before someone was harmed.

Ultimately, a settlement was reached:

  • $45,647 for past medical expenses
  • $94,839 for future medical expenses
  • $1,859,515 for pain and suffering

We congratulate Attorneys Helsel and Vogt on this latest victory, the notice it has earned from Trials Digest, and, most importantly, the relief they were able to provide their client. Our firm is certain that this settlement will stand as just one more example of the diligence, advocacy, and results our team strives to provide injury victims.

If you or a loved one has been harmed due to the negligence of someone else, you may have the grounds to seek compensation. At Fowler | Helsel | Vogt, our skilled and award-winning team of Fresno personal injury lawyers has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of those who have been harmed by the irresponsibility of others.

Ready to start exploring your premises liability lawsuit options? Contact our dedicated counselors at 559.900.1280 today.

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