A construction worker in his mid-30s was working on the scaffolding of a high-rise development complex when the scaffolding collapsed and the worker fell four stories to the ground. The worker sustained spinal trauma and partial paralysis of his lower body. The extensive nature of the victim’s injuries required emergency treatment, a lengthy hospital stay, and the attention of neurological and physical therapy specialists. The victim has made gradual progress toward regaining limited mobility, but he remains unable to return to his previous subcontractor position due to his physical limitations.
Construction cases can prove difficult for victims to navigate given the number of parties involved in building projects, which can include architects, landowners, contractors, and subcontractors. The affected worker called our team for guidance through the process and a thorough investigation of the accident.
The team at ICML gathered the testimonies of the victim’s co-workers and conducted a site visit, through which we discovered the scaffolding had been erected with insufficient materials and had not been properly reinforced to handle appropriate loads. The area was not marked as being unstable and therefore workers were liable to encounter a collapse. Our lawyers demonstrated that the construction company had not been in compliance with OSHA regulations and pressed for the highest possible compensation.
We worked with the victim and his family during the litigation process and provided support through his healing process. He is currently receiving compensation from the settlement as his condition continues to improve and he endeavors to re-enter the workforce.