The Perecman Firm recently secured a $5 million settlement for a union construction worker who slipped and fell on an outdoor metal stair tower that was slippery from rainwater.
Our client was working as a crane operator and a mechanic at Tower 1 (the Freedom Tower) of the World Trade Center site.
The incident occurred on July 13, 2010, at approximately 8 p.m. when our client was walking down the outdoor metal stair tower to get his raincoat. Intermittent rain throughout the day had left the stairs slick and, as a result, he slipped and fell on a wet stair tread, causing him to fall down the flight of stairs and injure his neck and ankle.
Our client filed a lawsuit claiming violations of Labor Law 200, 240(1) and 241(6). He claimed that the defendants named in his lawsuit failed to comply with NYCRR 23-1.7(d), which requires that workers not be permitted to use slippery working surfaces and that water and other slippery substances be removed, sanded or covered to provide safe footing.
Following a series of legal decisions, the case was set to begin trial on October 4, 2017. The parties agreed to a settlement on August 8, 2017, for $5 million.
Our attorneys at The Perecman Firm are proud to assist injured workers in New York and remain committed to providing each client we take on with the experienced and knowledgeable representation they deserve in their time of need. If you were seriously injured in a construction accident, contact us today through our online form or call us at (212) 577-9325 to discuss your situation over the phone.