$700,000 Settlement – Construction Site Accident & Product Liability

Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber obtained a $700,000 personal injury settlement for a union electrician who was injured by a defective product while working on the rehabilitation of a loft-apartment building in the City of St. Louis.

Todd Muchnick and Aaron Haber obtained a $700,000 personal injury settlement for a union electrician who was injured by a defective product while working on the rehabilitation of a loft-apartment building in the City of St. Louis. At the time of the accident, the client was working in an elevator shaft attaching electric service for a sump-pump. While the client was in the shaft pit, an elevator installer began working on a temporary platform approximately eight stories above. The worksite plan required the elevator workers to lock-out the temporary platform while the electricians were in the shaft pit. When one of the elevator installers moved the temporary platform approximately two feet, a large, metal cable spool under the temporary platform became disengaged and fell eight stories down the shaft, hitting our client in the leg, causing severe fractures of his left leg above the ankle.

A personal injury lawsuit was filed against the elevator company who designed and manufactured the elevator system. This action was brought under strict liability against the sellers of products. The company was also sued for the negligence of their employees in moving the temporary platform when our client was in a position of peril. Aggressive discovery proved that the elevator cable spool was not adequately designed for its intended use. After taking the manufacturer’s corporate representative’s deposition in California, the personal injury case settled for $700,000.

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