Construction Worker Injury Lawsuit Gets $10M VerdictMarch 30, 2015
A Florida jury ruled that a builder must pay $10 million in a construction worker injury lawsuit filed by a worker who had a building collapse on him. The jury ruled that SEMCO Construction must pay Robert Matthews after a building he was working on collapsed on him in 2009. The construction worker injury lawsuit alleged that Mr. Matthews suffered “catastrophic” and “horrific” injuries. He had reportedly undergone more than 50 surgeries and can only walk with the help of a leg brace.
Details of the Construction Worker Injury Lawsuit
Documents from the construction worker injury lawsuit showed that Mr. Matthews, who was 25 when the incident occurred, was working with a crew installing a prefabricated building. He was removing part of the equipment used to transport the building to its new location when the ground under the building collapsed. The building slid off a safety pier and fell on Mr. Matthews. The weight of the structure kept him trapped as his co-workers and emergency crews attempted to rescue him.
Injuries Mentioned in Construction Worker Injury Lawsuit
The construction worker injury lawsuit outlines the extent of the injuries Mr. Matthews suffered in the accident. Hospital reports show that he suffered from a crushing injuries to his pelvis and bladder, as well as a severed artery in his right leg. At first, according to the construction worker injury lawsuit, doctors told Mr. Matthews he would never walk again. The extent of his permanent injuries has prevented him from taking on another construction job. He now lives with his mother, a former registered nurse, who takes care of him.
Other Parties in the Construction Worker Injury Lawsuit
The jury awarded Mr. Matthews a total of $64.5 million in damages in his construction worker injury lawsuit. The jurors found that SEMCO was responsible for 15 percent of those damages, or $10 million. The ruling placed 75 percent of the fault on the landowner, The Mosaic Company, and the remaining 10 percent on Mark Rice, Inc., Mr. Matthews’ employer. Mr. Matthews reached an earlier settlement in his construction worker injury lawsuit against Mosaic for an undisclosed amount. A workers compensation claim funded the 10 percent of the verdict for Mark Rice, Inc.
“Long Road” in Construction Worker Injury Lawsuit
Mr. Matthews’ attorney described the “long road to justice” in the construction worker injury lawsuit as “scorched earth litigation.” The attorney claimed that the insurance company for SEMCO resisted his approach for a settlement in the construction worker injury lawsuit, so his client chose to pursue compensation at trial. He praised Mr. Matthews’ determination and perseverance through the long trial process, as well as the jury for “recognizing the enormity of the losses” Mr. Matthews had endured.
Source: The Lakeland Ledger
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