$3.2 Million—Construction—Liability Verdict with Settlement

Rosendale, NY—Our client, a 31 year old male, fell through a hole in a metal roof on a jobsite where he was working as a welder, installing the roof decking. He was pulling welding lead from one part of the roof to another when he fell eighteen feet to the ground. Our client suffered herniated discs, mild traumatic brain injury along with anxiety and depression.

Feb 2018 - Robert J.

I work at construction sites and rely on the general contractor to provide safe equipment so I can do my job. That didn’t happen when I was working a job in Rhinebeck, in Dutchess County. The ladder I was working on collapsed under me and I was badly hurt. I needed surgery and couldn’t work. At first I called a Poughkeepsie firm and thankfully they work with the accident lawyers at Finkelstein & Partners in Wappingers Falls on all their big injury cases. Everyone I worked with was very helpful and they got me a great settlement.

$750,000 Settlement - Contractor and Hospital Held Accountable for Failing to Provide Safety Device

While working as a heating and air conditioning sheet metal mechanic at the Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, our client was installing a break away fire damper in the ceiling. The general contractor was responsible for providing a safety device enabling our client to safety work from a height, but he failed to do so. As a result, our client fell several feet, seriously breaking his heel and ankle. After two surgeries he was never able to return to working from heights again.

work related injuries

Last October two asphalt workers were killed on the job in a flash fire/explosion. A third worker survived the blast with non-life-threatening injuries.

An investigation conducted by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s cited two serious violations:

-Not taking precautions against having sources of ignition where flammable vapors are present

-Not having employees wear proper personally protective uniforms while handling hot asphalt

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