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Man suing construction employer after suffering injuries from 30-foot fall

Posted on October 24th, 2012 No Comments

A subcontractor is suing Messer Construction for gross negligence in response to injuries he sustained after a casino he was helping build partially collapsed.

James Lancaster, one of the 13 people who suffered injuries as a result of January’s casino collapse, is the first to take legal action as a result of the incident. He fell 30 feet when a deck he was situated on while pouring concrete collapsed. He claims that one of the support beams only had 2 bolts in it when it should have had several more — at least 20.

construction accident injuryAs a result of his workplace injury, Lancaster broke two bones in his back and was bedridden for three months. He now has to take prescription pain medication and is only able to work part time. He says he’s no longer the man he used to be, suffers from bouts of anger, and is frustrated that he can’t provide for his family. He has had to wear a back brace while regaining his strength.

His attorney is hoping to battle a waiver given to Messer Construction by the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation that grants them freedom from liability for injuries suffered by subcontractors like Lancaster. Another man who was injured in the collapse is now paralyzed, but has not yet filed suit for his injuries.

Injuries that arise from construction accidents can have far reaching negative consequences, including costly medical bills, lost income, emotional damage, and permanent disability. The experienced personal injury lawyers of Stepleton Dugan, LLC, can help you understand your legal options in the event of an unexpected workplace injury.

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