Construction Accident – Labor Law Case

$1.875 Million Settlement

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Our client, a 43-year-old man, was working as a drill runner chipping concrete on a New York City building that was being demolished. While standing on a scaffold attached to the wall, he was using a pneumatic jackhammer to demolish the wall. Suddenly, the scaffold collapsed causing him to fall 6-7 feet to the ground. One of anchors supporting a bracket had disengaged from the wall causing the collapse. He was wearing a safety harness that was provided by his employer, but the harness did not prevent the fall. We claimed a violation of Labor Law §240(1) and that was not provided a safe place to work or proper safety equipment. As a result, our client suffered L5/S1 disc herniations (lower back) and knee injuries requiring surgery.