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CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS

SETTLED for $1.5 million: A 38 year-old construction worker was injured when the ladder he was using to manually raise trusses into position tipped. As a result, he sustained injuries which left him unable to work. After three years of hard-fought litigation, we were able to negotiate a settlement of more than $1.5 million dollars.

SETTLED for $1.1 million: A construction worker who sustained severe burns after embers from welding operations ignited his pants leg.

SETTLED for $1,070,000: A 48 year old steamfitter who tripped on construction debris while walking to his work shanty injuring his shoulder, back, and knee and requiring him to undergo surgery.

SETTLED for $900,000: A tile-setter who tripped and fell on studs in a room on a construction site, injuring his knees and back.

SETTLED for $700,000: A carpenter who tripped over a piece of electrical conduit on a construction site, injuring the meniscus in his knee and aggravating pre-existing arthritis.

SETTLED for $670,000: A carpenter who slipped and fell on ice at a convention center, partially tearing his rotator cuff and aggravating a previous shoulder problem.

SETTLED for $500,000: A brick-layer who sustained leg injuries when he was struck by a piece of construction equipment.

SETTLED for $475,000: A construction worker who fractured his left leg when struck by a backhoe on the job site.

SETTLED for $440,000: A 54 year old carpenter injured his back in a fall from a ladder trying to retrieve plywood on a construction site.

SETTLED for $275,000: A 53 year-old worker was injured when he stepped off of a ladder and onto a piece of debris that had been left on the ground by a cleaning crew. We defeated a motion to dismiss the case, convincing the judge that the general contractor was required to keep the jobsite free from debris. The case later settled for $275,000.

SETTLED for $260,000: A 62 year old tile finisher who tripped and fell on a zip-tie on a construction project injuring his right knee and sustaining a re-tear of the meniscus, without surgery.

VERDICT: A 32 year-old laborer was injured when a piece of concrete flew into his eye as he was breaking up a concrete curb. Before trial, the defendant offered $2,500 to settle the case. After a jury found the defendant 65% at fault for the happening of the accident, the case settled for $250,000.

SETTLED for $245,000: A 37 year old carpenter who fractured his left wrist when he fell from a broken ladder on a construction job.

SETTLED for $220,000: A 61 year old electrician was installing track lights in a 11-12′ high ceiling during a renovation of a restaurant when he fell from an 8 foot A-frame ladder and fractured his skull.

SETTLED for $187,500: A 61 year old plumber who injured his left knee and back when he tripped and fell, requiring knee surgery and later had to retire due to his injuries.

SETTLED for $175,000: A 42 year old roofer who fractured his left heel and missed fifteen months from work after falling from a ladder.

SETTLED for $95,000: We obtained a settlement of $95,000 for a 29 year-old worker who fell 20 feet during a construction project based on the defendant’s failure to provide appropriate safety equipment.

JUDGMENT: We won summary judgment for a sheetrock carpenter who fell from a ladder while spackling the area around a skylight. Our client testified that to reach the area where he needed to work, he needed a baker’s scaffold. Although he was given one to use the day before, when he asked for it on the day of the accident he was told to use a ladder instead because someone else was using the scaffold. The defendant produced witnesses who said that they had seen a baker’s scaffold in the area where our client was working. A judge ruled in favor of the defendants and dismissed the case, but on appeal the court reversed that decision and instead ruled in favor of our client because the defendant’s witnesses had not proved that the scaffold was in the plaintiff’s area at the time he was doing his work.

JUDGMENT: We won summary judgment (a ruling that the defendant was entirely responsible) for a longshoreman who ruptured his bicep tendon when his glove got caught on a steel reinforcement bar as he tried to lower himself from one concrete beam to another, leaving him dangling in mid-air. The defendants appealed the decision in our client’s favor, and on appeal it was upheld.

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