$6 MILLION SETTLEMENT - PROTECTIVE SCAFFOLDING REMOVED CAUSING FALL

A Fremont, California construction worker, doing plastering work on an apartment building in San Leandro, California, was paralyzed below his waist when he fell 40 feet because safety scaffolding had been removed to allow the owners to start condominium sales before the work was completed.  The worker was not wearing a safety line because the scaffolding had protected the workers until it was unexpectedly removed.  The apartment owners and the general contractor claimed that our client should not have been working at that location and, if there was negligence, it was all the fault of the plaster employer.  We were able to prove that the owner and general contractor were responsible and made a recovery that allowed our client to purchase a home with handicap modifications and live independently.