The settlement stems from an incident in May 2015. Our client, a union paver and roadbuilder, was affixing a temporary cap to a water main pipe on a Brooklyn job site when the walls of the trench collapsed. The trench had no shoring at the time of the accident, resulting in our client becoming partially buried by earth and debris.
As a result of the trench collapse, our client suffered severe injuries to his neck, back, and legs and was required to undergo multiple surgeries.
As detailed in court records, Mr. Perecman and Mr. Sniarowski brought multiple claims against the defendants, including:
- Failure to provide trench protection and shoring to prevent collapse.
- Violations of NY Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR).
- Violations NYC Department of Design and Construction regulations.
- OSHA violations
Our attorneys filed a motion for summary judgment and presented evidence from experts who opined that the trench required shoring and side protection given its size and that such shoring was both time-consuming and expensive. The Court sided with our client and granted the motion, allowing Attorneys Perecman and Sniarowski to negotiate a $6 million settlement.
Read more about the case in this press release.