Plaintiff was working as a bricklayer’s assistant at a construction site when Defendant general contractor instructed him and his co-worker to empty a large storage container at the site. While Plaintiff was emptying the container, a heavy box fell onto his ankle, causing a trimalleolar fracture which required open reduction internal fixation surgery. Plaintiff will require additional surgery to remove hardware. Defense denied sending Plaintiff into storage container and asserted that the Plaintiff’s actions of propping himself up against boxes is what caused the boxes to fall onto his leg.
Verdict: $185,871 after 15% off $218,672 ($25,000 past pain and suffering; $50,000 future pain and suffering; $104,672 past medical expenses; $25,000 future medical expenses; $14,000 lost income) The jury apportioned liability 75% v. general contractor and 10% against employer.
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Category: Ankle Injuries, Construction Accidents, Workers Compensation/Work Injuries