Plumber's Apprentice Falls From Ladder in New York - $1,750,000 Verdict

Workplace Accident - Fall Injury

WRSH attorney, Bryce Moses, recently obtained a $1,750,000 verdict for a thirty-nine year old non-union plumber who fell approximately six feet from a ladder while he was drilling holes in the ceiling for piping. WRSH partner, Mitchell Kahn, was able to establish during depositions that the defendants failed to provide the plaintiff with the proper type of ladder /protective device for the type of work being performed. After discovery, we obtained summary judgment on liability pursuant to Labor Law 240 (1).

The matter proceeded to trial in Kings County. As a result of the accident, plaintiff sustained a hairline fracture to the patella that required arthroscopic surgery, and a herniated disc that required surgery on his lumbar spine.

After the surgeries, plaintiff made an excellent recovery. He was able to return to work in a capacity that prevented him from suffering any lost earnings. Despite this, we were able to convince the jury at trial to award approximately $1,500,000 for pain and suffering with the rest going towards past and future medical expenses.

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