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Construction Negligence: Verdicts and Settlements

Below are brief summaries of construction negligence cases that we have resolved for past clients.

  • $24,250,000 settlement for an ironworker rendered a quadriplegic as a result of a 50-foot fall.
  • $22,000,000 combined settlement for seven masons injured when a masonry wall collapsed during construction due to high winds and the failure to properly brace the wall during construction.
  • $20,937,000 verdict for an ironworker whose arm was severed by a 550-lb. steel beam falling from a crane on a construction site. The arm was surgically re-attached but will not be fully functional.
  • $20,000,000 settlement for a laborer who was paralyzed when a wall collapsed.
  • $14,000,000 combined settlement for four ironworkers injured when the Post Office collapsed during construction.
  • $13,000,000 jury verdict for a millwright injured when he fell from an oven under construction.
  • $12,434,000 settlement for an ironworker and his wife after the worker suffered a brain injury from a fall of 18 feet after a defective piece of roof decking shifted during installation at a car dealership. This is the largest “work injury” verdict published in Winnebago County, Illinois.
  • $12,000,000 settlement for a construction worker paralyzed when he was struck by falling construction materials.
  • $11,287,500 settlement for a worker paralyzed when falling construction materials struck him at the waist.
  • $10,000,000 settlement for a construction worker who fell through a floor decking opening and suffered a brain injury.
  • $9,250,000 for an ironworker who suffered mild brain damage and a neck injury which required a cervical fusion from a fall while setting structural steel.
  • $8,000,000 combined settlement for a carpenter who was knocked off a wall by a crane during a residential construction project and rendered paraplegic.
  • $7,500,000 settlement on behalf of a union roofer who suffered a spinal fracture in a fall at a jobsite.
  • $7,173,000 record jury verdict for an ironworker whose ankle was crushed when a steel I-beam fell over onto his leg due to unsafe ground conditions.
  • $7,820,000 settlement for a female construction worker who suffered the amputation of her arm when her arm became entangled in the gears of a crane due to defective design of safety guard.
  • $6,700,000 verdict in the wrongful death of a worker due to construction negligence.
  • $6,500,000 settlement for two ironworkers injured when a portion of the building they were constructing fell on them.
  • $5,200,000 settlement for a union painter killed when his scaffold collapsed.
  • $5,100,000 settlement for an ironworker who suffered a fracture and cognitive and speech disorders as the result of a head injury when a crane boom fell on him.
  • $5,000,000 settlement for carpenter who was caused to fall during leading edge-work which resulted in knee replacement.
  • $5,000,000 settlement – the full limit of insurance – for a victim electrocuted at a construction site.
  • $4,700,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a construction worker killed when his scaffold tipped over.
  • $4,500,000 settlement for an apprentice ironworker who became a paraplegic and subsequently died as the result of a fall while setting decking during construction of a distribution center.
  • $4,250,000 verdict for an ironworker who was impaled by a piece of rebar when he fell from the steel.
  • $4,065,000 settlement for an ironworker who suffered a foot injury that developed into reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) when a bar joist fell on him as a result of improper ground conditions.
  • $4,000,000 settlement for a carpenter who sustained a disabling back injury due to an unsafe scaffold.
  • $4,000,000 jury verdict for a pipefitter burned in an underground storage tank explosion.
  • $3,850,000 settlement for an ironworker who fractured his heel and an ankle in a fall.
  • $3,300,000 settlement for an ironworker who fractured both ankles in a 20-foot fall.
  • $3,242,000 record jury verdict for a carpenter who severely injured an ankle in a construction accident.
  • $3,200,000 settlement for a union ironworker who suffered extensive nerve damage on his dominant right arm while installing rebar in an unsafe work area.
  • $3,200,000 settlement for an ironworker killed when he fell 19 feet while moving H frames without adequate lifting devices.
  • $3,090,000 verdict for a painter who fractured his wrist falling from a scaffold; prior to trial, the defendants offered only $250,000.
  • $3,000,000 settlement – the full limits of insurance for a construction worker who suffered a fractured pelvis in a workplace fall.
  • $3,000,000 settlement for ironworker injured in crane collapse.
  • $2,982,000 verdict for an ironworker who fell and fractured his back during the construction of the Arlington Park horse racing track.
  • $2,780,000 verdict for a pipe fitter that suffered back and knee injuries when he fell off a faulty ladder.
  • $2,600,000 settlement for a laborer who was struck by a concrete panel that was not secured during interior demolition work. The general contractor and the architect/engineer contributed to the settlement.
  • $2,300,000 settlement for a carpenter who fractured his arm and wrist while doing road construction.
  • $2,250,000 verdict for a construction worker who had multiple sclerosis triggered by a head injury suffered in a fall at a construction site.
  • $2,250,000 for an ironworker who developed necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating disease) after obtaining a minor cut and bruise to his thigh after a work-related incident.
  • $2,100,000 for a 50-year-old Ironworker out of Local 393 that fell approximately 14 feet after slipping and losing his balance while walking on open steel beams.  He sustained fractures to both wrists as well as a ruptured spleen requiring emergency surgery and ultimately preventing him from continuing working in the ironworking trade.
  • $2,100,000 settlement for a Joliet ironworker who fell 22 feet while installing roof liners on a building under construction. He suffered pelvis and wrist fractures.
  • $2,038,000 settlement for a laborer who injured his lower back after a 15-foot fall at a chemical plant.
  • $2,000,000 settlement for the death of a worker asphyxiated by methane gas.
  • $2,000,000 settlement for an ornamental ironworker who fractured both heels in a fall from a building under construction.
  • $2,000,000 record jury verdict for an ironworker who had a condition of Multiple Sclerosis triggered by a fall from defective equipment.
  • $2,000,000 settlement for mason who injured his shoulder.
  • $1,925,000 settlement for an ironworker who fractured both ankles in a 20-foot fall.
  • $1,850,000 settlement for a laborer who was struck by a Commonwealth Edison bucket truck while helping to relocate an old train depot.
  • $1,750,000 settlement for an ironworker who suffered fractures to both wrists in a fall, a career-ending injury.
  • $1,650,000 settlement for a millwright who fractured his heels and pelvis in a fall from a ladder.
  • $1,500,000 verdict for an electrician who injured his knee when he fell from a ladder while working at a UPS facility.
  • $1,468,750 settlement for an ironworker who fell 8 feet and suffered bi-lateral wrist fractures that aggravated pre-existing arthritis.
  • $1,400,000 verdict for a Joliet ironworker who was injured as he jumped to avoid being crushed when a truss tipped and fell off a truck; he suffered a herniated disc in the lumbar region of his back.
  • $1,364,000 verdict for an ironworker who injured his knee and aggravated a pre-existing arthritic condition when he tripped over the lower gate of a construction hoist at a building in downtown Chicago.
  • $1,350,000 settlement for an ironworker who tripped in a hole which had not been properly backfilled.
  • $1,300,000 settlement for a pipe fitter injured, while connecting pipe, as a result of a compressed air explosion.
  • $1,300,000 settlement for a carpenter who fractured an elbow when he fell through a roof opening at a construction site.
  • $1,250,000 verdict in favor of an ironworker who fell over a steel beam due to the crowded and unsafe condition of the work area.
  • $1,250,000 settlement for a bricklayer who suffered neck injuries when he was struck by a stack pipe left unsecured.
  • $1,200,000 settlement for an ironworker who slipped on conduit that was not properly secured to the deck.
  • $1,200,000 settlement for an ironworker who suffered derangement to his knee when he slipped on Visqueen improperly stored on the construction site.
  • $1,200,000 settlement for a mason receiving a spinal injury when a masonry wall collapsed.
  • $1,115,000 for a Will County ironworker who sustained a back injury while removing decking sheets.
  • $1,100,000 settlement for an ironworker who received a fractured ankle when a beam stored on uneven ground rolled onto the worker.
  • $1,100,000 settlement for a roofer, in Lake County, who fell while installing jack ties.
  • $1,050,000 settlement for a sprinkler fitter who injured his knee when he fell from a ladder as a result of an electric shock suffered due to the failure to cap a wire.
  • $1,000,000 settlement for a sprinkler fitter injured when he fell due to a defective ladder step.
  • $1,000,000 settlement for an ironworker after convincing the Appellate Court to reverse the trial court’s previous dismissal of the case.
  • $900,000 settlement for a carpenter who suffered a fractured elbow when he fell 18 feet through a duct opening in the deck.
  • $800,000 verdict for an ironworker who sustained a back injury lifting a piece of steel at the jobsite; the offer prior to the jury trial was only $15,000.
  • $600,421 Jury verdict for a drywaller who was injured when he tripped and fell in a house under construction. There was no offer prior to trial.

Contact any of our Illinois personal injury lawyers all of whom have extensive experience in handling in all types of Construction Negligence cases, to schedule a free initial consultation.

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