A construction worker was awarded a $2.6 million settlement in a personal injury lawsuit after suffering a fractured spinal cord and multiple leg fractures when a wall collapsed on him while he was on the job.
The accident happened in 2007 while Jairo DaSilva-Viero worked as a wall framer. A wall unexpectedly fell on top of him, breaking his hard hat and causing his injuries, according to the Legal Intelligencer. The wall was supposed to have been braced by Mega Construction Corp.—the carpentry and framing subcontractor hired by general contractor defendant Tocci Commercial, according to law.com.
DaSilva-Viero alleges that the owners of the construction site, Dobson Mills Apartments and Winther Investments, had the responsibility to make sure the worker had a safe working environment, which it failed to do by hiring Tocci to preside over the site’s safety.
"Dobson Mills and Winther Investments knew that Tocci was in over their heads, and could not competently maintain site safety. Rather than address, discuss, and correct the mounting safety concerns surrounding the Dobson Mills Apartment Complex Construction Site, and their general contractor, Tocci, Dobson Mills and Winther Investments ignored the problem," states the complaint.
An economic expert estimated that DaSilva-Viero’s lost earnings capacity to be between $1.1 million and $1.5 million with an estimated future medical cost to be $3.2 million.
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