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$ 2,475,000.00Settlement

Construction Accidents

Neck injury with nerve damage requiring spinal surgery

Description:
This case involved an electrician who brought suit against two subcontractors and the general contractor when he was injured on the job site by a falling pipe.
$ 1,100,000.00Settlement

Construction Accidents

Death

Description:
The case involved a 34-year-old man who was a concrete worker employed to pour a concrete floor in a 3-story wood frame apartment building under construction in Hutchinson, MN. On 5/5/97, the worker was pouring concrete on the ground floor when an approximately 45 mph gust of wind came up, causing the building to collapse, fatally crushing him. Investigation proved that the collapse was caused by very careless construction practices.
$ 1,000,000.00Settlement

Construction Accidents

Immediate loss of sensation of all extremities, and eventually regained some movement in his legs and feet, but now suffers from a permanent cervical spine bruise resulting in permanent loss of the use of his hands and only partial use of his arm

Description:
A crane operator moved trusses that had been hoisted to the top of a garage. Upon moving one of the trusses, it bumped another causing it to fall and hit a 42-year-old man with four children on the head, causing bruising of the cervical spine and partial periphrasis of both upper extremities.
$ 315,000.00Settlement

Construction Accidents

Back Injury

Description:
A journeyman carpenter fell when the handle broke on a Symons Corporation steel-ply system forming pan.
$ 170,000.00Jury Verdict

Construction Accident/Wrongful Death

Death

Description:
The plaintiff was killed while at work in the shop of his employer. A customer of his employer entered the cab of his semi, and the semi began to roll and it struck the plaintiff. The jury put much of the blame on his employer, which diminished the final amount received by the family of the plaintiff.