Here are some examples of the settlements awarded for on-the-job construction-related injuries:
A Construction worker from Long Island, New York received $6.3 million in damages from the New York City authorities (the Department for Education) after a scaffolding accident put him out of work and left him unable to look after his family, including his 11-year-old son, for nearly two years. The injuries this construction worker sustained were so severe that he wasn’t even able to tie his own shoes. He was working on a 20-foot scaffolding at a school in Brooklyn when the contractor (New York City’s School Construction Authority), demanded that he dismantled a scaffolding which the construction worker argued was too dangerous. He fell right over the scaffolding and landed head first on the pieces of concrete below.
Another construction worker was injured on the site in the Bronx, New York when he tried to reach the scaffolding platform via the cross braces which was the only access point. He fell and, as a result, severely injured his knee and a shoulder and broke four ribs. Consequently, he could no longer work. The site was operated by the New York City School Construction Authority which was ordered to pay $2,871,200 in compensation to the worker. The jury concluded that the School Construction Authority did not adhere to the state code and failed to provide proper access to the platform.
A 47-year-old construction worker fell from erected train tracks while working on the Brooklyn-Queens expressway in New York City and suffered serious spinal cord injuries requiring two risky surgeries. His attorneys subsequently filed a lawsuit against the contractor – the Queens County – and several other defendants, and the worker was awarded $1.5 million.
A 30-year-old man was working on the number 7 subway extension project in Manhattan when a tattered cable snapped and a huge tractor crane collapsed on him, causing his instant death. The worker’s parents sued the contractor and were awarded a tax-free settlement of $1 million.
One of our more successful cases involves a $3,100,000 judgment recovered by a 27-year-old maintenance worker who used an unsafe lift machine to go up 12 feet from the floor.
Another one of our cases involving an electrician falling off a faulty ladder and severely injuring his knees obtained a $915,000 settlement.