A construction worker died Thursday, April 21st, when he was struck by a piece of wood while on the job at The Printing House on Hudson Street, in Manhattan. Louis Mata was attempting to dismantle scaffolding from the West Village luxury condo when the plank came loose and fell 10 stories, striking him in the head. Although he was wearing a hard hat at the time, the Matos was taken to Lenox Hill Healthplex with severe neck and back injuries.
On February 7, 2016, a construction worker was severely injured when a chunk of concrete fell on his on head. At the time of the accident, the worker was engaged in a demolition projection the 20th floor of 317 Madison Avenue.
The Law Office of Louis Grandelli recently litigated a case where a plaintiff was injured due to an unsafe worksite, and we were able to prove that the plaintiff had a viable third-party claim against his employer. The injured worker was performing his normal duties at his worksite, when he fell head first into a hole that had been improperly excavated in his work area by a construction company, causing him to sustain a brain injury.
Earlier today, at approximately 10:38 a.m., a building on West 38th Street collapsed, killing one and seriously injuring another. A man who was working on the next door building at the time of the accident stated that the ceiling caved in on the top two floors and that "the guy in charge was screaming for everyone to get out" as it was happening. According to the New York Post, a source close to the investigation stated that there was construction debris overloading the ceiling of the building. At the time, there 19 workers in the building.
When we hear of a manhole explosion, we normally attribute the explosion to Consolidated Edison's manhole system. However, there are occasions when other manholes are involved in these explosions. In fact, there are thousands of other manholes throughout our region belonging to the City of New York and other entities. The failure of Con Ed and the City of New York, or other owners of manholes, to coordinate their activities and comply with industry standards can lead to catastrophic results.
The Law Office of Louis Grandelli settled a $2.5 million construction accident despite the defendants' arguments that the large pile of concrete that caused plaintiff trip was so open and obvious that plaintiff was responsible for the accident.
Historically, firefighters and police officers were typically barred from bringing a lawsuit under the so-called "firefighter's rule" when those individuals were injured in the line of duty. However, over the years, New York State law has been modified to provide for a means for police officers and firefighters to recover damages for personal injuries and lost wages resulting from injuries obtained during the course of their duties. In fact, police officers and firefighters have two separate causes of action: one under a theory of general common law negligence, and one that was created by the legislature exclusively for firefighters and police officers.
The Law Offices of Louis Grandelli, P.C., recently settled a construction accident case for $700,000.00, without anyone ever discovering what actually caused the accident to occur. The known facts are straightforward: the plaintiff was working alongside a hoist located on a construction site, when the hoist suddenly dropped on to the plaintiff's foot, causing him to lose his big toe. However, despite inspections by OSHA and the New York City Department of Buildings, and an inspection by our construction safety expert, neither we nor the defendants could find definitive proof as to what caused the hoist to drop. Despite having no concrete proof of what caused the hoist to drop, we were able to successfully negotiate a settlement in the case by using a twist on the legal theory of res ipsa loquitur.
Our office recently obtained a $1.4 Million settlement on behalf of a Staten Island marble mechanic who was injured at a construction site when he slipped and fell on gravel which had been improperly left in his work area.
The Law Office of Louis Grandelli, P.C. recently obtained a $625,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 52 year old Dutchess County resident who was seriously injured while he was unloading granite slabs from a container.