$2.35 Million

Construction Site Settlement for Injured Drywall Worker

The Case: This settlement was reached after our client, an undocumented Mexican immigrant and drywall worker, fell 15 feet through a set of shoddily constructed stairs while carrying construction materials and landed on the concrete below. The stairs were built by a subcontractor and were noncompliant with the building code, lacked the required bolts, bracing and ledgers, and were unable to support a reasonable and expected load during the course of construction. As a result, our client suffered severe injuries, including a spinal cord injury, persistent bowel, bladder and sexual dysfunction, right-lower extremity weakness, knee instability, a traumatic brain injury and post-concussive disorder. We recovered all available insurance policy limits.

The Outcome: The insurance carrier for the subcontractor ultimately tendered its $500,000 policy limits. After the GC’s summary judgment motion was denied, its insurance carrier offered $350,000 to settle the claim. The property owner’s insurer paid $1.5 million, leading to the total settlement of $2.35 million.

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