Construction work is a high-risk profession and is considered to be one of the more risky jobs in the United States. Standing on scaffolding thousands of feet above the ground, operating heavy machineries, and doing back-breaking physical work using dangerous equipment can be a recipe for disaster. Even if safety measures are strictly enforced in construction sites, accidents can and still so occur, posing the risk of injuring valued laborers and employees and necessitating the assistance of a skilled Bronx injury attorney.
Last December 18, 2014, Zeng Guang Lin, a Chinese immigrant who previously worked for Hutch Realty Partners in Bronx, New York, won a case for a 2008 construction accident that led to several grave injuries. Lin, who was 20 years old at that time, was installing a metal siding when he fell off a roof from a height of 20 ft. The victim sustained injuries such as spinal fractures, rib fractures, lung contusions and traumatic brain injury.
According to NY Daily News, Lin’s employers did not provide him with a safety harness, which was a necessary safety device for his line of work. After presenting sufficient evidence to support his claim, Lin was awarded $20 million for past pain and suffering and $42 million for future pain and suffering, which can be summed to a whopping amount of $62 million. Furthermore, $60,086.27 was doled out in order to pay Lin’s previous medical expenses, breaking the record for having the largest lawsuit verdict for a single defendant in Queens.
Construction laborers put their lives on the line every day in order to deliver quality work. Therefore, when accidents occur due to the negligence of the employer or lack of safety protocols in the construction site, it’s important to make sure that the workers are fairly compensated.
If you find yourself or a loved one in a similar situation, seek help from a trusted personal injury attorney in Bronx. Several law firms such as The Law Offices of Joseph Lichtenstein specialize in personal injury cases, and will be sure to offer the proper advice and guidance that you need for your problem.
(Source: Chinese immigrant wins $62M payout for Queens construction accident that left him brain damaged, Date published)