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  • $600,000 Settlement for Welder in Fall from Improperly Installed Wall

    Walter v. R.E. Crawford & Co.

    Case Synopsis:

    Our client was a 31-year-old welder who was in the process of installing steel joists in a masonry wall of a store that was under construction at the time of the construction accident.  One of the joists pulled out of the pocket in the wall and fell to the ground, dragging our client with it.  Our client fell 16 feet and suffered multiple injuries to his back and ribs, as well as neurological damage.

    The owner of the store, the general contractor,  and the masonry contractor were all named as defendants in the personal injury lawsuit.  The masonry contractor was negligent in that it installed the wall and companion plate incorrectly and failed to properly cure the masonry grout that held the plate in place.  The general contractor was negligent for allowing the steel erection to proceed even though it was aware that the grout was not properly cured.  The defendant store was negligent in its control of safety procedures at the work site.  Safety procedures called for masonry to proceed in curing the grout only when the temperature was above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.  The temperature was below that threshold at the time of our client’s fall and had been for two weeks prior to the accident.

    Our client suffered a fractured scapula, a herniated disc, a vertebral compression fracture, rib fractures and nerve palsy in his left eye that causes occasional double vision.

    Outcome:

    The personal injury case settled at mediation for $600,000 with each defendant contributing $200,000.  The case was handled by Philadelphia personal injury lawyer, Peter Patton, Esq., of Galfand Berger. For more information on this case, please call our law offices at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or contact Mr. Patton at [email protected].