A carpenter working as a contractor for Alabama Power Co. was seriously injured when a beam fell on him, striking him in the head. The beam fell from an upper level of a power plant, coming off of scaffolding that was being dismantled. The injured man had been repairing a leaky boiler at one of the company's power plants at the time of the accident.
As a result of the incident, the worker suffered a closed-head injury, traumatic brain injury, a spinal fracture, a dislocated jaw and hemorrhaging. Because of his injuries, the man has continued to suffer from pain, dizziness, headaches, neck and jaw pain and loose teeth. In addition to his physical ailments, the worker also experiences mood and behavioral changes that directly affect his quality of life.
After the accident, the injured employee and his wife sued the company that made the scaffolding, claiming that the individual who constructed the scaffolding responsible for the accident worked for 19 hours straight on the day it was erected. The victim also alleged that the scaffolding company's employee left for the day before checking to see that his work had been completed safely. The law suit claimed that the scaffolding was defective, lacking necessary bracing, decking and railings. The parties settled shortly before trial, with the injured employee receiving $1.5 million.
When employees are injured while at work, the results can be devastating, even keeping them from ever turning to their jobs. If this type of accident is caused by the employer's negligence, the company can be held financially accountable for the pain and suffering of the injured party. If you or a loved one was injured while at work, the attorneys at Arnold & Itkin would be happy to offer you a free consultation to see if we may be of assistance in your case.