Construction Worker Receives 1.135 million dollar settlement
Type of Action: Negligence
Injuries alleged: Leg Fractures
Name of case: Confidential
Court: Durham County Superior Court
Verdict or settlement: Settlement
Date of verdict or settlement: 10/23/2015
Highest Offer: None
Most helpful experts: Benjamin B. Liipfert III, special needs trust administration lawyer (Winston-Salem)
Insurance Carrier: USAA
Attorneys for plaintiff: Noah Abrams of Abrams & Abrams and Ben Whitley of the Whitley Law Firm in Raleigh
Attorney for defendant: Confidential
Were liability and/or damages contested? Yes
Description: Whitley Law Firm represented a construction worker who was injured after falling from a platform as he was inspecting a job site in 2014. According to Attorney Ben Whitley, the firm’s Raleigh personal injury lawyer, the defendant was inspecting a region that required him to lean over on an elevated platform. The guardrail was installed with the wrong sized nails and was constructed with only one board rather than the three that are required by OSHA.
The plaintiff sued several job site contractors who all denied liability and countered the claim with defense of employer negligence and contributory negligence.
Our team was able to settle his claim for $1.135 million. Attorney Ben Whitley stated that the parties were able to reach a settlement three weeks before they were supposed to go to trial.