It seemed like it would be just like any other morning at work for Marco Torres, but when steam from pipes burst and severely burned his legs, face, and arms, Marco’s life was changed in an instant. Unable to move, he knew that the struggle to get his life back would be a true uphill battle. A few months after the healing process began, Marco and his wife, Estela, began to consider taking legal action when they started considering the possibility that the accident could’ve been prevented. Estela began doing her own legal research and exploring her options. During her search for an attorney, she found that many attorneys either didn’t know more than she did about the law, or were extremely negative toward her about her situation.
All of that changed when a friend recommended John Sloan to her. “He was genuinely interested and concerned about us,” said Estela. “Being Hispanic, you kind of grow up to expect not to be as respected or expect to be not as informed. But I found that they put me at ease. They just made me feel very comfortable. I didn’t sense any lack of respect. We were part of their family.”
After a couple of years in litigation, Marco and Estela received a settlement. More importantly to the Torres family, they also received compensation for any further medical treatment required as a result of the accident. Marco’s face has completely healed, and he is now able to work again.