$2,700,000 For a Union Roofer Who Fractured His Leg and Back

Settlement in Nassau County case for a union worker who fell off a roof injuring his leg and lower back

COURT AND COUNTY
Supreme Court, Nassau County

AGE AND OCCUPATION OF PLAINTIFF
Plaintiff was a 54 year old Local 8 union roofer.

DESCRIPTION OF CASE
The accident occurred during an asbestos removal and re-roofing project in Long Beach, Nassau County. The roof on which Plaintiff was working contained no perimeter safety railing or other fall protective devices. While Plaintiff was unrolling and adhering a vapor barrier to the roof, he fell from the roof to the ground 15 feet below. Plaintiff claimed that Defendants violated New York Labor Law 240(1).

DAMAGES
As a result of the accident, Plaintiff suffered injuries to his right leg and lower back. Specifically, he suffered a right proximal femur comminuted fracture that required surgery with hardware, as well as L5 and sacral fractures at the base of his spine. Plaintiff claimed to be totally and permanently disabled from his employment as a result of these injuries, and sought damages for lost earnings, medical expenses and his pain and suffering.

RESULT
The case was settled for $2,700,000 just before trial in Nassau County, which is generally considered to be an unfavorable venue for personal injury plaintiffs.

This matter was handled by firm Partner Daniel P. O'Toole and associate Scott Occhiogrosso.