Building America’s highways, plazas, apartment complexes and homes is vital to the growth of our economy, and the workers who make this happen with backbreaking daily labor must be protected. There are special rules and obligations placed on all owners and contractors to ensure that what is already a hazardous activity is not made more so by the absence of necessary safety devices and practices. The loss of the ability to go to work can wreck havoc on a family, and devastate the career plans of an injured worker. Compensating that loss through a combination of worker’s compensation benefits, medical insurance and appropriate claims against the other responsible parties is vital.
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Representative examples of our work include:
Our client was using home exercise equipment when a cable snapped, striking his face and causing permanent eye injury. His occupation requires extensive reading. We worked with a forensic engineering expert from a local university who determined that the design of the equipment was defective. As a result of our litigation team's investigation and advocacy, this federal court case settled for seven times the original offer made during negotiation.
When products are defective in manufacture, design, or because of inadequate warnings, manufacturers and sellers can be liable for resulting injuries to conscientious users.
Our client slipped down icy interior stairs in an office building. She suffered serious injuries to both of her hips, requiring several surgeries. Although the building's management knew the stairs were dangerous due to the ice, they did not act to make the stairs safe. As a result of our litigation team's investigation and advocacy, the case settled for three times the original offer made by the building management's insurance company.
Building owners and managers have a duty to keep premises safe. When they are made aware of a dangerous condition and do not fix it quickly, they can be liable for resulting injuries.