$2,650,000 For A Local 3 Union Electrician Who Injured His Back

SUMMARY OF CASE

Our client was an electrician foreman employed by a subcontractor during the construction of a large building in downtown Manhattan. While descending one of the building's interior staircases, our client tripped and fell after stepping into a shallow, rectangular shaped depression that existed on one of the stairway's landings. We pursued claims on the client's behalf against the building owner, general contractor and the company who had installed the staircase itself.

COURT AND COUNTY

Supreme Court, New York County

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AGE AND OCCUPATION OF CLIENT

The client was a 48 year old Local 3 Union Electrician at the time of his accident

DAMAGES DESCRIPTION

Our client had a history of pre-accident lower back pain and treatment, but had continued working up to the time of this accident. After the accident, despite his aggravated low back pain, he continued working for 2 and ½ months, until his pain reached a level where he felt he could no longer work. He ultimately began treating his lower back pain with therapy and medications, and came under the care of a spine surgeon, who recommended and performed a 2-level lumbar fusion surgery, with three subsequent revision surgeries. The man claimed that his back injuries disabled him from his prior employment as an electrician, and sought damages for his related lost earnings, medical expenses and pain and suffering.

SETTLEMENT

Prior to trial, our lawyers secured a $2,650,000 settlement for our client.


This case was handled by Partners Stephen J. Murphy (lead) and David L. Scher.