A New York County jury returned a verdict for almost $29 million for a construction worker that fell approximately 30 feet in an accident at a Jet Blue Terminal at JFk International Airport. The fall occurred July 11, 2006. The injured construction worker was 29 years-old at the time of the accident.
He was reportedly working on the structure’s roof when a gust of wind sent him flying through an opening in the roof. He suffered a spinal fracture, as well as multiple other fractures that necessitated multiple surgeries. He was bedbound for months and has not yet returned to work. Plaintiff claimed that he was not provided a proper device to secure himself to the roof. The defense argued that plaintiff was an experienced construction worker who should have recognized the potential danger and avoided it. Defendants also contended that he ignored a warning to use a harness.
The jury returned a verdict for close to $29 million. The parties later settled for an undisclosed amount.