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$7,000,000 for Union Carpenter After a Scaffold Injury


A 25-year old carpenter was dismantling a scaffold when he was hit in the face by a five pound metal clamp that fell on him.


Supreme Queens


Our client, a 25-year-old union carpenter, was working on a construction project in Astoria in Queens, New York. He was dismantling a scaffold when he was struck in the face with a 5lb metal clamp that fell from a pipe being lowered by co-workers.


The client was violently struck in the face, resulting in the loss of two teeth and a painful facial fracture. He required multiple dental procedures to replace the teeth. In addition to his facial injuries, he began experiencing neck pain that resulted in the need for the placement of a cervical spinal cord stimulator. The spinal cord stimulator alleviated his pain. However, the use of the stimulator resulted in a pronounced tremor in his left hand. The tremor was not an anticipated side effect and left an overwhelming imprint on our client’s life. The tremor destroyed his ability to work and function in society and detracted from his ability to enjoy life. Our attorneys argued that the accident and its aftermath had a profound emotional and psychological impact on our client and will continue to do so.

The attorneys at Block O’Toole & Murphy also argued that the defendants in the case violated New York State Labor Law 240(1) by failing to secure the metal clamp and preventing it from falling and hitting our client. The defendants fiercely contested liability but were forced to acknowledge that our client was free from all blame.


Block O’Toole & Murphy Trial lawyers Jeffrey A. Block and S. Joseph Donahue obtained a $7,000,000.00 settlement on behalf of our client. The case was resolved prior to trial during mediation.


The case was handled by attorneys Jeffrey A. Block and S. Joseph Donahue.

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