WRSH partner Mitchell Kahn recently obtained a $1,800,000.00 settlement, and a substantial reduction of a workers’ compensation lien, for a 55-year-old non-union electrician. The plaintiff fell approximately four feet from an A-frame ladder, while he was utilizing a snake to run wire through the ceiling in a construction renovation project. While the plaintiff was pulling the wire, the ladder shifted and fell, causing the plaintiff to fall to the ground with the ladder.
During discovery, we were able to establish that the plaintiff was not provided with the proper safety devices, such as a scaffold or scissor lift, both of which could have prevented his accident. Prior to motion practice or trial, we were able to resolve this case after a lengthy mediation.
As a result of the accident, the plaintiff sustained injuries to his left shoulder and lumbar spine. He underwent arthroscopy of the left shoulder with extensive glenohumeral debridement, including partial glenoid labrectomy and a decompressive lumbar laminectomy and fusion at L5-S1.