Laborer Steps Backward Into Divot ($900,000)

A Local 5 Union Laborer recovered $900,000.00 after suffering severe back injuries, which resulted from a construction site accident.

The Case

The laborer walked backward into a divot on a Plainfield North High School construction project.

In-Depth Look

The defendant argued that the laborer had preexisting back degeneration, malalignment, and spondylolisthesis, which caused his problems. They argued that the laborer was not exercising proper care by watching where he was walking.

The attorneys from Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates’ argued that the general contract, Frederick Quinn Construction, did not provide a safe ground surface from which to perform his work; and therefore, the laborer tripped on a 3-4 inch divot behind him.