Work Site Injuries

Work Site Injury: $281,298.00 (Jury Verdict)

03.27.13

Plaintiff, a truck driver, had to sweep out a container used to ship Honda products from Japan to America when warehouse workers refused to do so. Plaintiff inhaled toxic dust while sweeping and, as a result, suffered shortness of breath and other physical difficulties.

The results of every case is dependent upon the specific facts of the case and the results will differ if based on different facts.

Work Site Injury- Defective Product: $5,200,000.00

03.27.13

Plaintiff, a 38 year old shipyard worker, was painting the bottom hull of a ship in a dry dock while standing on a mobile hydraulic elevating platform lift. Plaintiff accidentally leaned over a control lever which caused the platform to rise and pin Plaintiff’s neck between the platform railing and the hull of the ship. The action was brought against the manufacturer and lessor of the subject lift. Plaintiff contended that the lift was defectively dangerous in that the lift control lever was unguarded, permitting inadvertent activation by the operator. Plaintiff also contended that the manufacturer failed to warm of the danger of inadvertent activation. Plaintiff suffered a severe spinal cord injury resulting in quadriplegia.

The results of every case is dependent upon the specific facts of the case and the results will differ if based on different facts.

Work Site Injury: $535,000.00

03.27.13

Plaintiff worked as machinist when his employer ordered him to assist in loading a large bailer on back of a tractor-trailer truck to be delivered to Defendant waste company. Employer was operating the forklift.  In moving the bailer, Plaintiff was crushed between the bailer and the trailer of the big rig.  Plaintiff sued the employer (who did not have workers compensation insurance), the owner of the truck (who had no insurance), and the waste waste company (who had no insurance).

The results of every case is dependent upon the specific facts of the case and the results will differ if based on different facts.

Work Site Injury- Pedestrian v. Truck: $2,200,000.00

01.21.13

Plaintiff was working as a security guard at a trucking yard when a yard truck (yard goat) owned by trucking company struck her in trailer yard. Plaintiff alleged that reconstruction evidence demonstrated that the yard truck driver was speeding and inattentive.  Plaintiff also alleged that truck yard layout contributed to the likelihood of injury. Plaintiff successfully defeated the defense that plaintiff was a “special employee” and therefore were able to get Plaintiff compensation separate from worker’s compensation.

The results of every case is dependent upon the specific facts of the case and the results will differ if based on different facts.

Work Site Accident: $2,475,281.00 (Jury Verdict)

01.21.13

Plaintiff was employed at a chemical company as a supervisor. During construction of a railway elevated catwalk, defendants failed to properly barricade work area and failed to secure flooring resulting in plaintiff falling and causing spinal fractures requiring surgery. There was a pre-trial settlement with one defendant for additional $400,000.00. Plaintiff also received  worker’s compensation benefits.

The results of every case is dependent upon the specific facts of the case and the results will differ if based on different facts.

Work Site Injury- Head Injury: $3,340,000.00* Cash Plus Expected Structured Payments; Waiver of Worker’s Compensation Lien

09.30.12

Plaintiff had been working for 2 weeks for a temporary employment agency who had dispatched plaintiff to a newly opened, state of the art, waste recovery and transfer station. Plaintiff suffered a brain injury when he was cleaning a subterranean truck transfer tunnel and trash from above, specifically a television, struck plaintiff on the head. We defeated defendant’s claims that plaintiff was a special employee who would have been limited to worker’s compensation. Plaintiff’s injury resulted in a fractured skull, cognitive loss, and vision impairment in one eye.

The results of every case is dependent upon the specific facts of the case and the results will differ if based on different facts.

Work Site Injury- Crush Injury: $3,166,667.00* Cash Plus Expected Structured Payments, Plus Continuing Lifetime Workers Compensation Medical Benefits

09.30.12

Plaintiff, a 39 year old male welder suffered a crush injury to his right foot and ankle when a 36” diameter by 20’ long steel casing pipe slipped from the hydraulically operated jaws of a drilling machine. Plaintiff had been welding a specialized drilling bit to the end of the pipe when the pipe slipped.  Plaintiff claimed negligent maintenance by the drill rig owner, negligence by the drill rig operator, and joint venture as to several other defendants.

The results of every case is dependent upon the specific facts of the case and the results will differ if based on different facts.