Cases: Falling Objects

  • $2.7 million settlement for construction accident for 28-year old apprentice electrician who was struck in the head by a cement-filled shovel that was accidentally dropped from a higher floor of the job site. Our client (who thankfully was wearing a hard-hat) suffered neck injuries including a compression fracture of the C-5 vertebra and cervical disc herniations. He also suffered a severe psychiatric reaction, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • $2.5 million settlement for construction accident for 37-year old carpenter foreman who was injured while supervising delivery of heavy material at construction site, where his employer was using backhoe to unload materials when they shifted and started to fall; and he jumped off the truck to avoid being struck by the falling load and injured his knee. We successfully argued that the defendants had violated the Industrial Code regulations regarding the use of material hoists. He suffered torn medial meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament tear requiring two arthroscopic knee reconstruction procedures and developed chronic low back injury due to his impaired gait.
  • $1.25 million settlement during trial for construction accident for 40-year old sheetmetal worker who was installing duct work to air conditioning unit that was installed the day before. The unit was improperly suspended and one side dropped about one foot and struck our client, who was working on a ladder. He was struck in the neck and shoulder and suffered herniated cervical discs and cervical radiculopathy, with rotator cuff injury and impingement (no surgery).
  • $600,000 settlement for construction accident for 54-year old laborer foreman on construction project to refurbish an old bridge, who suffered crush injury of the foot with multiple fractures requiring surgery with open reduction and internal fixation, when the operating engineer who was moving a heavy Jersey barrier with a backhoe failed to hoist it in conformity with the Industrial Code. Although the lower court dismissed this case, we were successful on appeal in reversing that decision and reinstating the lawsuit.
  • $450,000 settlement for construction accident for 63-year old electrician who was struck by falling debris that was being dropped without appropriate safeguards, with injuries to the right shoulder and both wrists. He required shoulder surgery for torn rotator cuff and had surgery on both wrists for carpal tunnel syndrome.