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Construction workers' accidents: Man awarded $200,000 after fall

A man was recently awarded $200,000 after it was determined that the scaffolding that he fell from had been constructed improperly. The jury deliberated only two hours before deciding that one of the defendants was 20 percent responsible for the accident and another defendant was 80 percent responsible for the injuries that the plaintiff suffered. Many similar construction workers' accidents take place in New York every year.

At the time of the accident, the plaintiff was 30 feet in the air, working on a piece of equipment. He tumbled through the scaffolding, which had been built by Brand Energy Solutions. A helicopter flew him to a local hospital, where he was treated for 24 hours and released. On a later date, he underwent surgery to repair his shoulder.

During the lawsuit, Brand Energy Solutions named Turner Industries and Formosa as third parties who had also been responsible for the accident. They were both added to the lawsuit in an amendment. The victim had never worked for any of the defendants. As the trial went on, it was decided that the scaffolding did not meet federal government standards or those of Formosa. Turner Industries was found not to be responsible, but the other two were.

For those who have suffered injuries because of construction workers' accidents in New York, a lawsuit could help to receive compensation. A personal injury attorney can lead the victim in the best way to pursue damages for time lost from work, medical bills and other costs incurred due to an injury. This type of lawyer has the experience and knowledge needed to advise his or her clients in how to proceed with a personal injury suit.

Source: victoriaadvocate.com, "Man wins personal injury lawsuit in Calhoun County", Jessica Priest, June 16, 2017

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