Cases: Scaffold And Ladder

  • $10.5 million settlement (including interest) following $8.9 million verdict (reduced to $7.6 million on appeal) for a 31-year old electrician who was kneeling on wooden platform of Baker's scaffold that collapsed, and he fell 8 feet to the concrete floor below, with resulting comminuted fracture of his kneecap (patella) and tear of lateral meniscus. Our client required surgery with open reduction and internal fixation, a second operation to remove the hardware and for partial lateral meniscectomy, and a third operation for further partial lateral meniscectomy.
  • $7.5 million settlement pursuant to high-low agreement (after jury verdict for $15.3 million) for catastrophic injuries in construction accident for 42-year old steamfitter who fell from ladder due to extreme heat conditions which caused him to become woozy, with resulting comminuted fracture of the left humerus, two broken ribs, nondisplaced fractures of the pelvis, and head trauma resulting in post-traumatic epilepsy and psychiatric problems from organic brain syndrome and diffuse axonal injury. Verdict included $5 million award for injured worker's wife for loss of services.
  • Jury verdict in excess of $4 million for construction accident which resulted in $3.25 million settlement pursuant to "high/low" agreement, for 58-year old electrician who received electric shock while working on ladder, causing him to fall 20 feet and suffer fracture/dislocation of right ankle, with fracture of fibula and severely comminuted fracture of the tibial pilon, which required several surgical procedures.
  • $3.7 million settlement (after $4.9 million jury verdict) for a 33-year old electrician who fell from 6 foot ladder and suffered severe impingement syndrome of right (dominant) shoulder, biceps tendinitis with recurrent right shoulder dislocation, and torn rotator cuff that required arthroscopic surgery.
  • $3.1 million settlement for a 40-year old electrician who was injured when he attempted to break the fall of his co-worker, who fell from a ladder. Our client sustained neck and shoulder injuries, with herniated discs at C4-5 and C5-6 that required cervical decompression and fusion, as well as surgery for partial rotator cuff tear.
  • $2.65 million settlement for a 50-year old electrician who fell from ladder after receiving electric shock and suffered comminuted fracture of the left heel requiring surgery with open reduction and internal fixation and eventually requiring ankle fusion, as well as knee injury (torn meniscus) requiring arthroscopic surgery.
  • $2.5 million settlement for a 28-year old electrician who fell from ladder and suffered compound fracture of the Li vertebra requiring surgery to replace vertebra with a rib, and crushed wrist requiring surgery with open reduction and internal fixation.
  • $2.5 million settlement for a 40-year old construction worker who fell from ladder and suffered bimalleolar fracture of the right ankle requiring open reduction and internal fixation.
  • $2.1 million settlement for a 33-year old electrician who fell from ladder while attempting to fit heavy cable into crown box when cable sprung back and struck him, causing him to suffer left shoulder injury with impingement requiring two operations.
  • $2 million settlement for a 48-year old electrician who fell from ladder and suffered fractured elbow with surgery, torn rotator cuff with surgery, and knee injury with arthroscopic surgery.
  • $1.7 million settlement for a 45-year old electrician who fell from ladder, who suffered herniated disc of lumbar spine at L4-5 requiring surgery, torn meniscus of the left knee requiring arthroscopic surgery, and consequential injury to his right knee (due to the additional stress placed on the "good" knee) which required arthroscopic surgery.
  • $1.5 million settlement for a 34-year old electrician who was working on a ladder and was in the process of pulling wire and installing conduit when the ladder began to slide and he began to fall. To avoid falling, lie grabbed onto the conduit and twisted his neck, resulting in herniated discs at C6-7 and C5-6 that required anterior cervical decompression and fusion surgery.
  • $1.5 million settlement for a 49-year old electrician who received electric shock on ladder causing him to fall, with resulting electrical burn, right shoulder fracture/dislocation requiring surgery, and left rotator cuff tendinitis requiring surgery.
  • $1.3 million settlement for a 55-year old electrician who fell from the 4th step of a ladder that broke with resulting herniated disc at L5-S1 of the lumbosacral spine (low back), as well as internal derangement of the cervical spine (neck) and left shoulder.
  • $1.3 million settlement for a 51-year old electrician who fell from ladder and suffered multiple herniations of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine (all without surgery), along with laceration of the palm of his hand which required sutures.
  • $1.05 million settlement for a 39-year old electrician who was knocked off her ladder by water when a nearby pipe burst with resulting shoulder impingement and lumbar radiculopathy.
  • $950,000 settlement for an electrician who was pulling wire on ladder which required use of pulling compound (lubricant); and he slipped on steps that were covered with lubricant, causing hyperextension of the knee with two operations for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
  • $850,000 settlement for a 25-year old apprentice electrician who suffered knee injury when he fell from closed, unsecured A-frame ladder that slipped out from underneath him. Our client, who had prior history of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury with prior surgery sustained recurrent ACL tear and medial meniscal tear that required arthroscopic surgery for ACL reconstruction and medical meniscal repair.
  • $825,000 settlement for a 44-year old electrician who fell from ladder with comminuted fracture of the right wrist that required surgery with open reduction and internal fixation with insertion of plate and screws, and second operation to remove two screws and file the remaining plate.
  • $800,000 settlement during trial for a 40-year old electrician who fell from ladder and suffered fractures of right clavicle and right wrist and low back injury (all without surgery).
  • $750,000 settlement for an electrician who fell from a ladder and suffered three broken ribs, along with sprains of the neck, lower back and shoulder (no surgery).
  • $650,000 settlement for a 32-year old construction worker who fell from a scaffold and suffered neck and back injuries with herniated/bulging discs and radiculopathy (no surgery), as well as partial tear of the right quadriceps (no surgery).
  • $625,000 settlement for a 50-year old electrician who fell off ladder with fracture of the right wrist and with soft tissue injuries to his right elbow, right shoulder, neck, back and right knee.
  • $600,000 settlement for a 31-year old electrician who slipped while climbing down ladder and held on to the ladder to avoid falling but strained his shoulder and suffered torn rotator cuff requiring two surgeries.
  • $600,000 settlement for a 43-year old HVAC construction worker who fell from scaffold and suffered fractured wrist with open reduction and internal fixation, as well as injuries to his back and knee.
  • $590,000 settlement for a 34-year old electrician who fell from ladder and suffered low back injury with herniated disc at L5-51.
  • $550,000.00 settlement for a 41-year old electrician who fell from ladder when he passed out due to excessive heat, and suffered a fractured ankle that required surgery.
  • $550,000 settlement for a 46-year old electrician who was working on a ladder when the top step collapsed. He was able to grab another step to prevent himself from falling, but in doing so, he suffered bilateral rotator cuff tears which required surgery on both shoulders.
  • $450,000 settlement for a 53-year old electrician working on an 8 foot ladder. The ladder tipped and he injured his wrist while trying to prevent himself from falling, requiring surgery for his soft tissue wrist injury.
  • $450,000 settlement for a 37-year old electrician who received electric shock which caused him to fall from a ladder, with resulting injury to right shoulder (torn rotator cuff requiring arthroscopic surgery) and neck (cervical radiculopathy requiring epidural injections).
  • $425,000 settlement for a 40-year old electrician who was performing asbestos abatement and removal of existing electrical system as part of a demolition/gut renovation project. While attempting to removal copper detail/bus bar that was supposed to have been taken out of service, he received severe electrical shock from backfeed that caused him to fall from 6-foot A-frame ladder with resulting left shoulder injury with superior labral anterior posterior (SLAP) tear that required arthroscopic surgical repair.
  • $400,000 settlement (after successful jury trial on liability) for a 30-year old window service technician who injured his ankle and shoulder when he tripped while descending a defective scaffold in the course of repairing a window at a renovation project for a private residence.
  • $400,000.00 settlement for a 57-year old electrician who fell from ladder and suffered fracture of the right calcaneus (heel).

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