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$________ Construction Site Negligence – Failure to provide fall protection while plaintiff dismantles scaffold at school construction project – Plaintiff falls approximately 35 feet – C7 burst fracture – T1 fracture – Fusion from C6 through T1 – Plaintiff is undocumented alien and no future wage claims.

Middlesex County, NJ

The plaintiff, 29 at the time, who was in the course of dismantling a scaffold at a school construction project, contended that the defendants negligently failed to provide fall protection. The plaintiff contended that as a result, he fell approximately 35 feet. The defendant denied that there was an area above the scaffold from which a lanyard could safely descend and contended that if a harness and lanyard had been tied off from the scaffold itself, it would have created a tripping hazard. The defense further contended that the plaintiff failed to exercise proper respect for his own safety when he tripped and fell off the scaffold.

The plaintiff maintained that he sustained suffered a C7 burst facture with retropulsion of fragments and a thoracic fracture at T1. The plaintiff required an emergency fusion from C6 through T1. The plaintiff maintained that although the surgery was successful, it left him with substantial neck and back pain and numbness radiating into his hands. The plaintiff contended that he will permanently suffer such symptoms. The plaintiff, who was unable to continue working as a laborer, was not legally documented and could not proceed with a future wage loss claim.The case settled prior to trial for $________.

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