Work Injury - Construction Accident

Partner Frank J. Lombardo obtained a settlement during mediation. Plaintiff, 25 years old, was a laborer and partially fell into an unguarded rooftop opening while performing demolition of a concrete roof. The plaintiff fell into the hole but was able to grab onto steel beams preventing his further fall to the floor 12 feet below.

The plaintiff sustained a herniated L4-5 whereby he underwent a partial discectomy, laminectomy and decompression of the nerve roots. The plaintiff also sustained a partial tear of the anterior cruciate ligament whereby he underwent arthroscopic partial meniscectomy and ACL debridement.

Defense counsel contended that an eyewitness provided a statement that the plaintiff only went into the hole up to his ankle and the opening was not large enough for the plaintiff to fall through. The defense medical expert also found that the plaintiff made a very good recovery from his injuries.

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