Two Scaffold Workers Fell From a Sidewalk Bridge
Noah Katz and Bryce Moses, attorneys for Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, obtained a 2,950,000.00 recovery for two plaintiffs, who were non-union scaffold workers. Both were working on top of a sidewalk bridge, dismantling a pipe scaffold, when a portion of the bridge collapsed.
One plaintiff sustained injuries to his ankle and foot, which required two surgeries. The other plaintiff sustained injuries to his back, which caused him to have spinal injections, but he did not undergo surgery.
In the course of the case, the plaintiffs were confronted with the general contractor’s argument that they were to blame for the accident for standing on an improper and unsafe section of the sidewalk bridge, which they knew or should have known of before they began their work.
In gathering evidence and testimony from other witnesses on the project, the WRSH attorneys were able to demonstrate that the plaintiffs were never informed of any hazards while on site and/or instructed to perform their work in any other location but the sidewalk bridge. The case settled one year prior to trial after this evidence was obtained.