What is an example of a labor case you have worked on?
A few years ago I represented a gentleman. He had a wife and a young daughter – he had been working on a worksite as a mason, a laborer, essentially. Unfortunately, this was a very unsafe worksite but he was forced to work on this site if he wanted to be paid, as opposed to a very safe scaffold, a lot of plywood planks had been laid down for him to work on. Unfortunately, because these planks had not been secured, the planks collapsed and he fell 12 feet and he shattered his hip. He came to me because he didn’t know what to do and we represented him against this building owner.
Now, unfortunately this building owner denied that he was even supposed to be working on this worksite or that he was supposed to be doing the type of work that he was doing. He was scared, he didn’t know what to do, so I represented him, we did depositions and we took his case to trial. And the jury was able to hear his story, and was able to hear the story of the property owner, and they believed him.And I was able to get several million dollars for him.
He was only 41 years old and unfortunately because of the nature of his injuries, he’ll never be able to do the type of work that he did before, but he now knows that his family is going to be taken care of and he’s going to be taken care of. It never should have happened but I feel fortunate that I was able to represent him and that I was able to achieve this result.
If you have been hurt on the job, call a New York workplace injury attorney of Hach & Rose, LLP, at 212-779-0057.