Construction Site Accident - Slip and Fall

WRSH partner Kenneth Halperin obtained a settlement in the amount of $515,000 for a 44-year-old construction worker who slipped and fell on ice while working at a construction site.

The accident in question occurred while the plaintiff was in the process of taking materials down a staircase during construction of a new residential building in Brooklyn. While he was descending the staircase, he slipped and fell on a sheet of ice that was present on the steps. Despite recent rainy weather and below-freezing temperatures, the general contractor had not taken any safety measures, such as sanding or salting the staircase to prevent a slipping hazard for the workers. We alleged that this was a violation of Section 241(6) of the New York State Labor Law.

As a result of the accident, plaintiff was required to undergo arthroscopic surgery for torn ligaments in his shoulder and another surgery on his elbow to remove some loose bodies. He also sustained soft tissue injuries to his lower back and neck that required physical therapy.

Plaintiff was able to return to doing construction work.

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