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Construction Worker Buried in Wall Collapse Settles for $2.4 Million

Case name and number: Confidential
Principal injuries (in order of severity): Construction Injury, Personal Injury
Special damages: Not applicable
Tried or settled: Settled
Court: Buncombe County Superior Court
Date concluded: July 14, 2022
Name of judge: Not applicable
Amount: $2,400,000
Insurance carrier: Confidential
Expert witnesses and areas of expertise: Not applicable
Attorneys for plaintiffs: Ben Whitley of Whitley Law Firm, Noah Abrams of Abrams & Abrams, P.A.

Plaintiff was a 32-year-old construction worker who suffered a traumatic brain injury, trauma to the chest, and internal organ injuries as a result of a dirt wall collapse on a job site. The worker was buried by debris for approximately 10 minutes before extraction.

Neuropsychological evaluation and vocational rehabilitation assessment revealed that the plaintiff suffered a total loss of future earning capacity that would make it impossible for the plaintiff to earn a living. A lawsuit was filed against the parties responsible for the construction project. Ultimately, a $2.4 million settlement was reached in the matter.

Read more about this settlement in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly.