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Brick Layer Awarded $2M for Fall Injury

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Nicholas Wills5 years ago

The plaintiff, a 53-year old bricklayer, was awarded $2M after falling 10 feet to the ground, suffering injuries to his arms, back, neck and shoulders.

Bricklayer Fell Off Scaffold

  • The plaintiff bricklayer was working near the East Village in Manhattan when he fell off a scaffold, and landed 10 feet below on the hard ground. He claimed to have sustained multiple injuries to his upper body.
  • The plaintiff sued the owners of the structure being built, and also the general contractor of the construction project for not providing a safe work environment with regards to elevation-related hazards.

Plaintiff Suffered Severe Injuries and Depression

  • Full-thickness tear of right shoulder's supraspinatus tendon – an element of the rotator cuff. Also, a tear of the same shoulder's glenoid labrum and trauma that produced impingement of the same shoulder.
  • Aggravation of asymptomatic damage of his spine's cervical and lumbar regions.
  • Sustained trauma that caused entrapment of each arm's median nerve and resultant carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Right shoulder's injuries resulted in bursitis.
  • The accident has aggravated a pre-existing psychological condition – major depressive disorder – and resulted in chronic depression.
  • Shoulder cannot be fully repaired, and plaintiff underwent 2 years of physical therapy (which was rendered about 2-3 times per week).
  • The residual injuries prevent resumption of work.
  • Plaintiff’s expert psychiatrist claims that the plaintiff suffers chronic depression.
Plaintiff Awarded $2M

The jury awarded:

  • $750,000 for past pain and suffering
  • $69,500 for medical expenses
  • $400,000 for lost earnings
  • $950,000 for future pain and suffering (projected 27 years)
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