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Working in the construction industry is a hazardous job. Whether it’s demolition, repairs, renovation, or new construction, there can be a thin line between a dangerous and a safe work site. If you’re interested in clients with construction accident cases, ZeroRisk Cases, LLC, can get your firm the clients it needs to make this practice area a success.
Construction accident cases could involve substantial verdicts and settlements
Construction accident cases can be complex and result in substantial jury awards and settlements. NJ Property Casualty 360 lists the top construction accident cases so far in the 21st Century:
- In 2003 Tropicana Casino and Resort parking garage collapsed, killing four and injuring 36. The eighth level collapsed down into the fifth while workers were on the structure, trapping several workers. Several defendants were sued and, not surprisingly, blamed each other. The case settled for $101 million
- Two men worked at the site of a 34-story building. One man was on the ground, and the other operated a freestanding tower crane. The crane broke off its supporting turntable and collapsed. The operator fell more than 200 feet, and the worker on the ground was trapped beneath the crane’s wreckage. Both suffered fatal injuries. Before the accident, an inspection revealed a large crack along the crane’s turntable, and the New York City Department of Buildings’ suspended the crane’s use. The companies that welded the turntable and that inspected the welds were sued. They impleaded the deceased’s employer claiming it negligently failed to ensure the crane’s structural integrity. The case settled for $95,971,644
- A 20-year-old construction worker suffered paraplegia after diving headfirst into one-foot-deep water. He was waiting for a seawall to harden when his boss and co-workers said they’d pay him to jump off of a bridge into freezing water. He dove, head first, from 10 feet above the river into the shallow water. The worker suffered quadriplegia and sued his employer for negligence. He was awarded $76,647,544
- Several tons of scaffolding fell from 100 feet above the street from the John Hancock building in Chicago, killing two and injuring several others. The National Weather Service issued a high-wind advisory the day of the accident. A gust of wind tore a piece of scaffolding off the building, it landed on a car, killing two occupants and injuring two others. Another person was injured while trying to rescue the victims trapped in the vehicle. Two occupants of another crushed car were also injured. Several companies were sued. The plaintiffs claimed the scaffolding should have been lowered to the ground or raised to the roof in high winds. Instead, it was left on the side of the building. The case settled for $75,200,000
- A laborer on a construction site was removing machinery, forcing him to slide under the building. A train passed the site, the ground vibrated, and the 11,000-pound building shifted on top of him, causing several serious injuries. His employer, the general contractor, and the sub-contractor in charge of the project were sued. He alleged the site was not properly prepared for the job, and neither the contractor nor the sub-contractor had the necessary permits before starting the work. The defendants were found to be at fault. The $64,500,000 verdict was cut to $9,675,000 due to comparative negligence.
- A worker employed by a demolition company worked on a stadium being torn down. He operated a front-end loader used to catch debris from concrete pillars being demolished above. The loader fell off the side of the stadium, down four stories to the ground. The worker suffered fatal injuries. The original plans called for six inches of pillars to be cut at a time. The general contractor, facing financial penalties for finishing the project late, increased the size to 2.5 feet. The loader was catching debris striking it with about 15,000 pounds of force, but it was rated for 2,700 pounds. The deceased worker also wasn’t certified to operate the loader. The jury verdict for the plaintiff’s estate was $55,834,971
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