Construction Accidents

Construction accidents involve complex legal issues that a firm like Duffy + Fulginiti can effectively handle for you. Electricians, pipe fitters, laborers, carpenters, glazers, and many others have relied upon Duffy + Fulginiti to navigate through the maze of standards, regulations and statutes in order to fully compensate injured workers and provide for their families for the rest of their lives. Despite the numerous defenses invariably lodged by the insurance companies and their counsel (i.e. borrowed servant, workers compensation, assumption of the risk, etc.) our team of attorneys, experts and investigators fights tenaciously to maximize every recovery.

  • A construction failure can result in massive property damage. In NCO Group, Duffy + Fulginiti obtained a $28,200,000 verdict for property owners who suffered catastrophic losses due to failures in construction sequencing that ultimately resulted in the virtual destruction of several businesses by way of flooding. While the defendants argued that they were not negligent, or that their negligence did not cause the damages suffered by the plaintiffs, the jury clearly found otherwise.
  • Duffy + Fulginiti recovered $19,250,000 for a construction worker who became paralyzed due to inadequate safety precautions on a job site, which resulted in the worker being struck in the back by a beam during crane operations. Since the crane operator was the accident victim’s co-worker, the case focused on the negligent operations of the site in general (as the settlement is confidential, we cannot identify the parties).
  • In Voce, a 49 year old union glazer was caused to suffer a permanent hip injury, resulting in his inability to return work, when the ladder he was working on, collapsed into a nearby ditch. The jury returned a $6,500,000 verdict for Mr. and Mrs. Voce, finding the general contractor negligent by providing an unsafe working environment for Mr. Voce and his co-workers.
  • In Straub, Duffy + Fulginiti obtained a $4,500,000 verdict in favor of Doug Straub, a construction worker, and his wife, Carol. Mr. Straub suffered many broken bones and a closed head injury following the failure of a sewer plug which exploded, breaking bones in his face, arms and legs. The verdict was appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court twice and was ultimately affirmed resulting, with delay damages, in payment of approximately $6,500,000. The verdict was reported as one of the largest verdicts in the State that year.
  • In Mangano, a high school administrator came to Duffy + Fulginiti for help after she slipped on wet flooring glue that had been applied by a flooring contractor. While the defense admitted spreading the glue, they claimed that Mrs. Mangano was not watching where she was walking, and should have seen the bright white glue on the floor. Through depositions of defense corporate representatives, it was discovered that while the contractor had prepared a company safety manual, it never distributed it to their employees as it burdensome to do so. Mrs. Mangano claimed severe pain in her leg, which, while it did not appear on MRIs or X-Rays, was identified as RSD/CRPS, a post-traumatic pain syndrome linked to her accident. The defense denied the diagnosis of RSD/CRPS, and blamed her pain on a prior accident and/or prior medical conditions. In the end, the firm secured a $5,000,000 settlement for Mr. and Mrs. Mangano to compensate them for Mrs. Mangano’s pain, limitations, wage loss and medical bills.
  • In Zarzecki, Duffy + Fulginiti represented the family of a cellular infrastructure technician who died after falling 10 stories from a Philadelphia rooftop. While the defendants argued that Mr. Zarzecki, the job foreman, was responsible for failing to wear the provided fall protection, Duffy + Fulginiti argued that the focus should be on the building owners, property managers and general contractor’s poor planning and design of the project, not the workers who are simply trying to get the job done. The firm successfully negotiated a $4,450,000 million settlement from multiple defendants.
  • Duffy + Fulginiti recovered $3,700,000 for a construction worker who was injured in a motor vehicle accident on a job site. His vehicle flipped over, causing fractures to his pelvis, requiring surgeries. The defense contended that the plaintiff was responsible for his incident and was driving too fast for the conditions of the project.
  • A $2,900,000 settlement was obtained on behalf of an undocumented construction worker who was injured when the scaffold he was working on tipped over.
  • In Baird, Duffy + Fulginiti secured a $2,350,000 settlement for a union glazier who became permanently disabled because he had to dive to get out of the way of a crate of glass being unloaded by a crane.
  • In Davia, Duffy + Fulginiti obtained a $1,900,000 million settlement for a contractor who suffered multiple injuries after a fall from scaffolding that had been improperly and unsafely built by another contractor on a construction site.
  • Duffy + Fulginiti recovered $1,841,000 for a construction worker who suffered injuries when a forklift was driven over his foot. The defense contended that the plaintiff had a significant pre-existing medical history and was responsible for the incident as he was not wearing high-visibility clothing.
  • In a confidential settlement, Duffy + Fulginiti recovered $1,750,000 in a complicated wrongful death case involving a workplace accident and negligently maintained equipment. The defense argued the equipment that exploded was maintained by the decedent’s employer and any failures associated with the equipment were not their responsibility. The case settled following unsuccessful Motions for Summary Judgment and a lengthy mediation.
  • In Kee, Duffy + Fulginiti obtained a $1,500,000 settlement for a union plumber who fell through a rotted floor during a commercial construction project. While Mr. Kee fell only 2 feet, he suffered bilateral shoulder injuries resulting in his inability to continue work as a union plumber.

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