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ARTICLE ID 49968

$________ GROSS Workplace negligence - Construction site negligence - Failure to properly secure scaffolding - Failure to place rails on scaffolding - The plaintiff fell 12 feet as a result of unstable scaffolding - Burst fracture of L2 vertebrae - Fractured collarbone - Fractured ribs.

Cook County, Illinois

In this construction site negligence matter, the plaintiff sustained severe injuries when he fell from an unstable scaffolding erected by the defendant at a construction site. The plaintiff contended that the scaffolding was not properly erected and secured and failed to have safety rails affixed. The defendant alleged that the plaintiff fell off the scaffolding as a result of being dizzy and was responsible for his own injuries.

On October 29, ________, the male plaintiff, a bricklayer, was standing on scaffolding erected by the defendant. The scaffolding did not have any safety rails on it. While on the scaffolding, the plaintiff contended that the scaffolding became unstable and the plaintiff fell 12 feet to the ground. He sustained a burst fracture of his spine at L2, a fractured collarbone and several fractured ribs. He incurred medical bills of approximately $________. The plaintiff maintained that the scaffolding erected by the defendant or its agents was placed on uneven ground and one of the concrete blocks on which it was resting shifted, causing the plaintiff to lose his balance and fall. Since there was no safety rail to protect him, the plaintiff fell to the ground.

The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant alleging negligence in erecting the scaffolding and failing to provide a safety rail. The plaintiff maintained that due to his injuries he was unable to return to his former job as a bricklayer. The defendant denied the allegations and contended that the plaintiff was negligent. The defendant maintained that the plaintiff became dizzy and lost his balance, causing his own fall.

At the conclusion of the trial, the jury found the defendant 64% liable and the plaintiff 36% liable. The jury awarded a gross verdict of $________ to the plaintiff.

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