$7,300,000 Settlement For Construction Worker Who Sustained Arm Amputation As A Result Of Demolition Accident

Insurance Coverage Was Limited To $7 Million

A 56 year old construction worker was injured while performing steel demolition at a construction site in Brooklyn. At the time of the accident, he was removing a 10,000 pound steel beam located 30 feet high when the column supporting the beam collapsed, causing him to fall to the ground, with the steel beam landing on top of the right side of his body.

As a result of the accident, our client suffered multiple fractures to his face, right arm and right leg. He required extensive hospitalization during which time he underwent multiple surgical procedures, including the amputation of his right arm, below the elbow, as well as surgery to repair multiple his facial fractures and the placement of a metal rod in his right femur (leg) bone. Despite the success of the surgeries, the client suffered permanent ongoing pain that will require lifelong medical care.

Construction accident lawyers Jeffrey A. Block and S. Joseph Donahue successfully argued that the owner and general contractor violated Labor 240(1) and 241(6) in failing to provide the client with the proper equipment to perform the work, including shoring, bracing and a crane. The matter was scheduled for a damages only trial.

Shortly before trial, partners Block and Donahue settled the matter at a mediation, where they convinced the Defendants insurers to pay their entire policies of available insurance, totaling $7,000,000. They were also able to secure an additional $300,000 contribution from a separate entity.