Portillo v. Duvar, Inc. (Los Angeles Superior Court, Central)
A subcontractor employee suffered third degree burns to 30% of his body when a rebar that he was carrying came in contact with an electrical power line. The employer did not carry worker's compensation insurance. The lawsuit was brought against his employer (and its multi alter egos), the general contractor, and the owner. Although the incident occurred in Los Angeles, depositions were taken in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose. Factors that mitigated the settlement amount was the fact that the employee was an undocumented worker and thus, no loss of wage claim was made.