Personal Injury Case Results – Construction-Related Negligence, Injury at Work
Fall through stairway at a construction site; $380,000
The plaintiff, a then 32 year old man, was working as an apprentice sprinkler fitter at a condominium complex under construction when he injured his lower back after falling through a set of unfinished stairs. Trial report for this construction injury case
Failure to Safely Off-Load Construction Materials; $380,000
The plaintiff, a 33-year-old freight truck operator, was hired to deliver two large steel trusses to a construction site in Marlboro, Massachusetts. After arriving, the driver located the steelworker responsible for off-loading the trusses from the plaintiff’s flat-bed truck. Because the steelworker had not made the necessary arrangements to off-load the trusses with a crane, as was customary, the steelworker attempted to slide the trusses from the bed of the truck, using a pair of wooden planks as a ramp. In order to remove the trusses, the defendant steelworker removed one of the truck’s steel side poles (used to prevent heavy objects from falling off the side of the truck) and leaned the side pole against the truck’s headboard. As the steelworker began to slide a truss toward the ramp, the side pole slipped and struck the plaintiff’s head. The plaintiff, a married father of two children, suffered a closed head injury. The settlement included a lump sum worker’s compensation settlement valued at $80,000.
Low-Grade Electrical Shock; $200,000
The plaintiff, a 36-year-old union carpenter, was electrocuted when his nail gun contacted with a live electrical junction box carrying 480 volts. Prior to the plaintiff’s beginning his work, one of the defendant’s employees assured the plaintiff that none of the wires were energized. The plaintiff’s injuries included post-concussive syndrome and mild cognitive deficits commonly associated with post-concussive syndrome. The plaintiff contended that the defendant was in violation of OSHA regulations for allowing the plaintiff to work in an area where lines were energized. The defendant disputed the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries by noting that the plaintiff returned to work after only five weeks. The case settled after a one-day mediation.
Electrical Shock; $200,000
The plaintiff, a municipal construction worker, suffered a low-grade electrical injury after his hand made contact with a broken underground water main. An investigation by Parker | Scheer revealed that the presence of the electrical current in a cast iron electrical pipe was due to friction damage to an overhead electrical line. The electrical utility had discovered that a nearby tree branch had worn-away the insulation and grounding wire in the overhead line, forcing the electrical current to the point of lowest electrical resistance: the water pipes. The plaintiff suffered injuries to his shoulder and experienced headaches and difficulty with concentration. The parties reached an out-of-court settlement.
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