West Mifflin moving company settles with injured teenager, mother for $25K

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 8, 2017

PITTSBURGH – According to recently-filed records, a West Mifflin moving company has chosen to settle litigation connected to serious injuries sustained by a teenaged, minor plaintiff when a large toolbox fell onto him.

Mary Beth Giraulo (parent and natural guardian of Zachary Stanga) of Lower Burrell initially filed a petition in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas against Don Fix (doing business as “Don Farr Moving”), of West Mifflin.

On Aug. 17, 2016 in Coraopolis, Stanga was seriously injured when a large toolbox fell on him. The accident left him with a broken nose, injured left humerus and multiple abrasions on his body.

On behalf of respondent Don Fix, a settlement was proposed in the amount of $25,000.00, an amount the plaintiffs found reasonable, since it covered $5,000.00 to be paid to the The Rawlings Company to settle its medical payments subrogation lien and $20,000.000 to Stanga for his personal injuries.

Moreover, the parties concurred that the $20,000.00 to be paid to Stanga will be deposited into a restricted account, along with a provision that no withdrawal can be made from the account until Stanga reaches the age of 18. The settlement was completed by all parties concerned and made effective on June 16.

The plaintiffs represented themselves in this matter.

The respondent was represented by Trisha Hudkins of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, in Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas case GD-17-009002

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nickpennrecord@gmail.com

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