The building was going to be stripped and rehabilitated, so our client, a scrap collector was hired to remove the metal from the building.
The defendant assured our client that the electrical power had been turned off. Because it was not, he sustained disabling injuries, which we alleged would worsen and prevent him from continuing in his business in the future.
Our experts were able to establish that the electricity could not be turned off because of the manner in which the electric company had configured its own wiring source.
Recognizing that they could not successfully contest their liability, the defendant strenuously contested the plaintiff’s economic damages and the extent of the injuries. Although our client had returned to work shortly after the accident, we were able to convince the defendant that the nature of the injuries would impact his future earnings.
Ultimately the case settled for $875,000.