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Milford Workplace Accident Leads to Record $4.5 Million Settlement

Largest workers' compensation award in Connecticut's history

A then 18-year-old undocumented teenager, Estuardo Ceballos, was working on a Milford house in 2007 when he fell 18-feet from a ladder, which led to him crush his spine and becoming a quadriplegic. 

Ceballos made history by receiving the largest workers’ compensation decision in the state’s history at $4.5 million, the Connecticut Post reports. 

In 2007, Ceballos was working on an 18 Bianca Drive house in Milford for Erick Construction Co. in Stratford when he fell from the ladder, the Post reports, adding that the ladder had visible defects. 

As part of the settlement, Ceballos will receive a specially equipped house in Central America and a van to help him get around, the Post reports. 

Norm Brody June 11, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Interesting results in the Virginia Republican primary. Congress may be taking a new, serious look at some of the issues raised above. Maybe?
James June 11, 2014 at 04:56 PM
So, what do you all think would happen if I went into Central America illegally, had a major accident such as this, and filed a law suit?
John Pasnau June 11, 2014 at 05:21 PM
I think this is reasonable. Weather he was here legally is not the issue. The point is he was working for a company who provided a ladder that was obviously dangerous. It failed, he fell and now he will spend his life without the use of arms, legs or penis. I bet he would rather have those back than the money.
C.S. June 11, 2014 at 06:28 PM
I think that this should be a lesson to all contractors who choose to hire illegal day labor, I'm a contractor and would never hire anyone undocumented. Also the customer could be held liable through their homeowners insurance if the contractor isn't properly insured or is hiring illegal labor, so it's best to ask for proof of insurance up front as well as telling your contractor that you do not allow any undocumented labor on your property.
Tmc June 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM
My buddy has an illegal alien working for him; works his butt off everyday and is reliable as can be. Even pays him in the off season to keep him around. People like that are a welcome change from many who just look for handouts, regardless of where they are from or how they got here. That said, if the guy wasn't here illegally, he would still be walking. Taking chances; you reap the rewards or pay the price. there's not much of a middle ground.

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