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Construction Worker Recovers $2.7 Million Settlement in Scaffolding Collapse

A 35-year-old California construction worker recently received a $2.7 million settlement for a severe brain injury he suffered when a defective scaffold broke apart, causing him to fall 20 feet.

The man was initially diagnosed with a broken jaw and two broken ankles; he also lost consciousness. A subsequent examination showed that he also suffered a brain injury, resulting in personality changes that included destructive behavior and fits of anger, as well as concentration and memory problems. The man underwent nine months of rehabilitation.

The victim file a lawsuit alleging that the scaffolding was defectively manufactured and designed, creating a safety hazard. The complaint further stated that the brackets were only supported by two welds, with no redundancy or backup margin of safety, and the design was such that the welds could not be seen or inspected.  Therefore, if the welds failed (as they did at the time of the incident), the entire structure would come down.

During discovery, the plaintiffs’ attorney uncovered the fact that the design had been changed at some point prior to the incident.  The plaintiff claimed that the manufacturer made this change specifically to address safety issues with the weld, illustrating that they were aware of the danger. However, despite the design change, the old scaffolding was never recalled. In fact, old units continued to be sold, including the one involved in the incident, according to the lawsuit.

The defendants argued that the scaffolding was not defective, but rather failed because the plaintiff’s employer misused and abused it. They claimed that the employees hit the bracket with hammers, dropped it when removing it from buildings, and jumped on it, abusing the product to the point that it failed. They alleged there were no other reports of the product failing.

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