Newburgh, NY Our client, was 31 when, while working in December 2006 as an ironworker on a new building in Rosendale, he fell through a hole meant for a hatch in a partially built roof, landing on his back 18 feet below. Our client suffered a herniated disk in his lower back and a mild traumatic brain injury. Surgery was unsuccessful in alleviating his unremitting back pain. Our client sued the property owner and general contractor. After a two-week trial on liability issues, the judge directed a verdict on one section of the case and the jury found two other issues. As the parties prepared to pick a jury for the damages portion, of the case, the sides agreed through mediation to settle for $3.2 million.