Construction Accident - $2 Million Settlement

Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin attorney settled the case of a 32 year old undocumented construction worker who was injured on a job site in Brooklyn for $2,000,000, during jury selection in Kings County Supreme.

Our client was an iron worker who was retrieving equipment from the work site. The equipment, a lift designed to hoist steel beams on the jobsite, had to be brought down five stories to the main floor. The stairway on the job site had no hand rails or safety rails, so our client decided to lower the equipment down an unprotected shaftway on the job site with a helper. Unfortunately the weight of the equipment was too much to handle and our client was pulled head first into the shaftway, falling five stories. He was immediately taken by ambulance to a Brooklyn hospital.

Our client injured his back, knees, face and left arm. His left arm suffered a compound fracture of both the radius and ulna, requiring an open procedure to implant hardware to fix the fracture. Eventually, our client underwent knee arthroscopies of both knees and a lumbar fusion of the lower back. The owner and employer both had limited insurance coverage for the job site.

This settlement was due in large part to the talents of WRSH attorney Mitch Kahn, who worked up the case during the discovery phase. Through intense questioning at deposition, Mitch was able to establish multiple lapses in the chain of command, which should have been in place to protect the workers on the job site.

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