One of the biggest risks on a New York construction site is falling, and preventing anything from falling is crucial. This could mean properly securing harnesses and scaffolding for people who are working high up in a building, but it could also mean making sure that materials do not go plummeting to the ground as well. When objects fall from high levels or are very heavy, they can cause serious damage to the people below.
This was certainly the case when a 56-year-old man was hit in the head by a pile of lumber that had fallen three stories from a forklift in a devastating construction site accident. He was seriously injured and claimed that the accident left him with a severe brain injury which affected his memory and ability to learn. He filed a lawsuit against the general contractor and subcontractor on the job, but had to wait for some interesting research to be done before a settlement was reached.
According to reports, the man's attorney researched the NFL concussion statistics which have been highly discussed recently. It makes sense, doesn't it? It had to be shown that one single incident could indeed cause the kind of damage the man experienced. It turned out that the correlation between a construction worker getting a brain injury from falling lumber and a professional football player getting a concussion during a game is quite significant. They even wear similar protective head gear.
Taking the research from former NFL players who exhibited similar Alzheimer's-like symptoms confirmed the true extent of brain damage that is possible, even after one concussion. The man and the defendants came to a settlement of over $5 million
Construction accidents can often have devastating and life-changing consequences, and the injuries that are sustained can be permanent and costly. Many construction workers understand that they can receive workers' compensation if they are hurt on the job, but there may also be third parties involved in an injury that can also be held liable. As long as a subcontractor or contractor is not a person's employer, they can be named in lawsuit. Because accidents that involve falling objects can often end a victim's career, pursuing compensation is a very effective way of protecting a person's future and family.
Source: Daily Herald, "DuPage brain-injury lawsuit settled for $5.1 million," Josh Stockinger, Nov. 9, 2012