Significant jury verdicts in worksite or construction site accident lawsuits can vary widely depending on the specific details of each case, including the nature and severity of the injuries, the degree of negligence or liability involved, and jurisdictional factors. The following are just a handful of examples of notable jury verdicts in worksite or construction site injury lawsuits:
- Scaffold Collapse Case: In 2016, a New York jury awarded $62 million to a construction worker who was severely injured in a scaffold collapse. The worker suffered spinal cord injuries and was rendered paraplegic.
- Crane Accident Case: In 2008, a Texas jury awarded $100 million to the family of a worker who died in a crane accident. The crane collapsed, causing the worker’s death, and the jury found the crane manufacturer and the construction company liable for the accident.
- Electrical Shock Case: In 2018, a California jury awarded $9.6 million to a worker who suffered severe electrical shock injuries while working on a construction site. The jury found the general contractor and electrical subcontractor negligent for failing to implement proper safety measures.
- Trench Collapse Case: In 2012, a Florida jury awarded $47.4 million to the family of a construction worker who died in a trench collapse. The jury found the general contractor and subcontractor liable for their negligence in failing to provide adequate safety measures. In a 2019 case in Illinois, a jury awarded $11.5 million to the family of a worker who died in a trench collapse due to the negligence of the construction company.
- Equipment Failure Case: In 2014, a Pennsylvania jury awarded $14.5 million to a worker who sustained severe injuries when a piece of equipment malfunctioned on a construction site. The jury found the equipment manufacturer and the company responsible for maintaining the equipment liable for the accident.
- Falls from Heights: Falls from heights are common construction accidents. In a 2017 case in California, a jury awarded $36 million to a worker who fell from a scaffolding due to inadequate safety measures. Similarly, a 2016 case in Pennsylvania resulted in a $51.5 million verdict for a worker who fell from a defective ladder.
- Electrical Accidents: Construction accidents involving electrocution or electrical shocks have resulted in substantial verdicts. In a 2018 case in Texas, a jury awarded $41.5 million to a worker who suffered severe electrical injuries due to unsafe working conditions.
- Equipment Failures: Equipment failures on construction sites can lead to serious accidents. In a 2020 case in Ohio, a jury awarded $27.5 million to a worker who sustained severe injuries due to the failure of a construction lift.
It’s important to note that these examples are provided for illustrative purposes only, and the outcome of any specific case can vary. Jury verdicts in worksite or construction site accident lawsuits are influenced by various factors, including the evidence presented, legal arguments, jury composition, and the jurisdiction in which the case is tried. The cases listed above were not tried by Lupetin & Unatin.