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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.
Attorney:
Robert L Lazear
$1,200,000.00Settlement

Cervical Fusion

Description:
A commercial airline pilot, age 55, was a passenger in an airport shuttle taking him from MSP to a downtown Minneapolis hotel when the vehicle hit an unmarked depression left by a construction crew on a downtown street. The pilot was thrown upward by the impact, striking his head on the ceiling. He sustained a cervical spine injury and eventually underwent a cervical fusion. His ability to return to flying was disputed.
Attorney:
John C Goetz
$1,100,000.00Settlement

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.
Attorney:
Peter W Riley
$1,000,000.00Settlement

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.
Attorney:
Paul E Godlewski
$850,000.00Settlement

Serious Orthopedic Injuries

Description:
A 30-year-old man working as a soil testing engineer on a construction site in Rogers, Minnesota was standing in back of his utility vehicle when he was struck by a wayward bulldozer, sustaining fractures of both legs which required open reduction and placement of surgical hardware. He was ultimately able to return to his employment.
Attorney:
John C Goetz
$750,000.00Settlement

Amputation Injuries

Description:
Construction site injury resulting in a below the knee leg amputation. This claim was brought against the general and sub-contractor for their lack of experience, failure to follow safety procedures, and deliberate disregard of the safety of workers, among other negligent acts.
Attorney:
Alicia N Sieben
$315,000.00Settlement

Back Injury

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

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.
Attorney:
$160,000.00Settlement

Mild Head Injury

Description:
Sheetrock taper fell through an unguarded hole in floor.The primary claim was asserted against the general contractor who had overall responsibility for site safety.
Attorney: