Our partners, Christopher L. Sallay and Anthony H. Gair, successfully resolved a case involving a sheet metal worker whose pelvis was fractured when the unsecured arm of a sign became dislodged and struck him. The plaintiff received a $2,500,000 settlement following extensive negotiations at a private mediation.
On July 27, 2005, the 36-year old plaintiff had his pelvis fractured when a 1000 pound sign arm that was not secured fell off a sign being hoisted by the defendant. In this case, the Defendant was negligent for their failure to secure the arm post prior to hoisting the 30+ foot long sign. The defendant company claimed that they did not know that the arm post was not attached to the body of the sign. However, testimony established that they never checked or did anything to verify this prior to moving the sign. Notably, it took 4 men to lift the arm of the sign off of the injured plaintiff.
As a result of this accident, the plaintiff was taken via ambulance to a local Emergency Room and immediately underwent an open reduction and internal fixation of his pelvis.