$2,750,000 Settlement for a Worker with Broken Fibula and Tibia After Ladder Fall

An HVAC worker was repairing a unit at a restaurant when the ladder he was using slid out from under him, causing him to fall to the ground. As a result of the accident, he sustained significant fractures to his fibula and tibia, which required surgery. He was unable to return to work as an HVAC worker. Represented by Block O'Toole & Murphy, he received a $2.75 million settlement.

Court and County
Supreme Court, Nassau County

Case Summary and Liability
Our client was a 47 year old HVAC worker, who had to access equipment on the roof of the Defendant restaurant in order to repair a unit that was not producing heat. He accessed the roof with an extension ladder. While descending that ladder, it slid out from underneath him, causing him to fall about 13 feet to the ground below.

We moved for summary judgment on the issue of liability and won, persuading the court over Defendants' objection that our client was engaged in a covered Labor Law activity and that the Defendant property owners were thus fully responsible for the accident. At the time of settlement, the defense indicated that they planned to appeal that decision.

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Injuries/Damages
Our client suffered significant right lower leg fractures, to his tibia and fibula. The fractures required external fixation, followed shortly by an open reduction, internal fixation surgery. The fractures were deemed to be "pilon fractures", meaning that they involved the articular portion of the client's ankle.

When the fracture failed to properly heal, a third procedure was performed where healthy bone marrow was injected into the fracture site. At the time of settlement, our client was no longer actively undergoing therapy or other medical treatment. We alleged permanent limitations resulted from this leg injury, including that our client would be unable to return to his prior employment in the construction and HVAC fields.

Settlement Amount
This case settled approximately one month prior to trial for $2,750,000.

Handling Attorneys
Partners Stephen J. Murphy and David L. Scher.

Lawsuits for Leg Fractures After Serious Accidents

After a car crash, work-related accident, slip and fall, or other serious accident, victims may suffer significant injuries, including fractured fibula and other broken bones. If you've been injured, it's important to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney about your legal rights.

The Law Firm of Block O'Toole & Murphy has one of the best records in personal injury litigation. Our partners - Jeffrey Block, Daniel O'Toole, and Stephen Murphy - have been selected to the Best Lawyers® list for Personal Injury - Plaintiff, a designation given only to the top 4% of attorneys in the United States for their specific practice areas.

Select results for clients who suffered leg injuries include:

  • $12,000,000 settlement ($71,643,000 expected) in a Brooklyn case for a child who suffered multiple fractures, including fibula fractures, after he was hit by a car
  • $3,258,000 verdict for a man who suffered a displaced comminuted fracture in his left tibia-fibula after he was struck by a forklift in Upper Manhattan
  • $2,900,000 settlement for a worker with severe leg and ankle injuries, including fractures to his distal tibia and fibula
  • $1,300,000 recovery for a pedestrian who suffered fractures to her left distal tibia and fibula after she was hit by a car while crossing the street
  • $1,250,000 settlement for a cyclist who was hit by an SUV and sustained an open compound fracture in his right fibula and tibia

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