Man Awarded $26 Million in Construction Accident Lawsuit
A jury in a Manhattan Supreme Court case recently awarded a man a total of $26 million for the injuries he sustained in a construction accident in 2012. The court ordered construction company TF Cornerstone to compensate the victim for injuries he suffered after falling off a scaffold. He eventually lost a leg due to his injuries.
The $26 million figure includes $6 million for past pain and suffering, $3.5 million for lost earnings, $11 million for medical expenses and $5.5 million for future pain and suffering. TF Cornerstone plans to appeal the ruling.
The 32-year-old man was forced to undergo 10 surgeries on his leg after the accident, but doctors were unable to save it. The amputation occurred after the 10th surgery. He worked for TF Cornerstone at the development site of the new $1.4 billion, six-building Queens West facility in Long Island City, on Center Boulevard. At the time of the accident, he was working on an elevated deck when he slipped on a piece of plywood that had been laid down to cover up a hole. The plywood collapsed and the victim fell through.
Multiple safety issues at the construction site
According to a judge who was overseeing the case, the injury the man suffered was most likely the result of the developer not following its own safety processes. There had been another significant accident at the same site in early 2013, when a crane collapsed and injured seven workers. The project was eventually completed in 2014.
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