$2,400,000 For Construction Worker

$2,400,000 for Construction Worker Who suffered Neck and Back Injuries After Ladder Fall

Court and County

Supreme Court, Queens County

Accident Description

Plaintiff was working at a building in Flushing, New York, disconnecting water, fuel and oil lines related to removal of the building's boiler system. He needed to reach an oil line to cut it as part of the project and was working on a 12-foot A-frame ladder by the building's superintendent. Our client was not issued any hard hats, harnesses or other safety equipment. As he was working on one of the top rungs of the ladder, approximately 10' off the ground, he cut the oil line which caused oil to leak out and land on him, the ladder and the floor. As he started to descend the ladder it suddenly slipped out from under him, causing him to fall, strike the back of his head against a concrete wall behind him and his right leg got struck between the wall and a pipe that was 1' off the floor. We obtained an Affidavit from our client's co-worker who witnessed the accident and supported his version of events.

Injury Summary

As a result of the accident, our client sustained herniated discs in his cervical spine and was required to undergo cervical spinal fusion surgery after conservative treatment failed to alleviate his symptoms. Our client also sustained a herniation to his lumbar spine. We also made claims on our client's behalf for past and future pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and economic damages that included past and future lost income for not being able to return to work due to his injuries.

We were able to secure an early settlement, prior to depositions, of $2,400,000.

Handling Attorneys

This case was handled by Daniel P. O'Toole and Frederick C. Aranki.