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$32.9 Million
Injured Ironworker Wins $32.9 Million – Democrat & Chronicle

In what could be among the largest personal-injury awards ever granted in New York, a jury yesterday gave $32.9 million to a local iron worker who suffered severe brain trauma in a fall.

State Supreme Court jurors awarded the money to ———- of Spencerport, who fell 30 feet while helping build a Home Depot home-improvement store in Newburgh, Orange County [NY].

———-, now 35, is totally and permanently disabled, said his lawyer, Bill Collins of Buffalo. Personal injury lawyer A. Vincent Buzard of Rochester, who wasn’t involved in the case, said the award could be one of the highest ever granted in New York. “This is certainly among the largest, either here or anywhere.”

The award included $25 million for future pain and suffering. It also included $2.8 million in lost future wages, $2.7 million in future medical expenses, and $2 million for past pain and suffering.


$30.3 Million

Jury Awards Worker $30.3 Million – The Buffalo News

A Sanborn man has been awarded $30.3 million for career-ending injuries he suffered when he fell from a ladder in a building owned by the Town of Amherst.

———-, 44, suffered severe spinal and other injuries, and suffers partial paralysis of both legs, and is able to walk only with the assistance of braces and canes. ———-’s doctors have declared him permanently disabled, and he will be taking pain medication the rest of his life, according to his lawyers.

———- was repairing a town-owned building at 400 Mill St. when a ladder collapsed and he fell to a hardwood floor, his lawyers said.

A State Supreme Court jury in Buffalo found the town liable for ———-’s injuries under state Labor Law.


$8.7 Million
Family Awarded $8.7 Million In Death Of Labor Official – The Buffalo News

A Buffalo jury ordered insurance carriers for Dunlop Tire Corp. and the related Goodyear-Dunlop Tire North America to pay the family of a former labor union official almost $8.7 million for his death from injuries suffered in a fall from a defective catwalk.

The jury made the award to the widow of ———- of the Town of Hamburg and his two sons and daughter after about three hours of deliberations following a two-week trial in the wrongful-death lawsuit.

Attorneys for the ———- estate said the victim was on a crew from a Buffalo concern working in the boiler house at Dunlop’s Sheridan Drive plant in the Town of Tonawanda when he fell 30 feet through a hole in the catwalk. A former trustee of Local 7, Boilermakers Union, ———- died in Erie County Medical Center of complications from head injuries, according to attorneys for the ———- family.


$4.3 Million
Niagara Mohawk Ordered To ay Injured Worker $4.3 Million – The Buffalo News

Insurance carriers for Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. Tuesday were ordered by a State Supreme Court jury to pay $4.3 million to union boilermaker ———- for neck and back surgery he needed after a fall from an unsecured scaffolding at the Huntley Power Station four years ago.

Following a week long trial, a jury deliberated for three hours before reaching a verdict for ———-, 45, of Blasdell. His attorneys said ———- fell 12 feet onto a concrete floor from an improperly-secured scaffolding while helping to renovate a boiler inside the utility’s facility on River Road in Tonawanda.

———- was able to do light welding work until constant pain from his neck and lower back injuries forced him to undergo surgery that left him with restricted physical movements, they said. State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Howe ruled the utility legally liable in an unsafe workplace lawsuit.


$4.0 Million
Jury Awards Injured Man $4 Million In Accident – The Buffalo News

———-, a former Cheektowaga resident who suffered severe knee injuries when a minivan struck his sport utility vehicle head-on after being rear-ended, was awarded $4 million by a Buffalo jury Friday.

Following a two-week negligence trial before State Supreme Court Justice Rose H. Sconiers, the jury ordered the payment by Chrysler Financial Co. of Syracuse. The accident occured on Union Road in Cheektowaga.

———-, a former Dennis Lane resident who later relocated to Orlando, Fla., had to be pulled out the driver’s window of his vehicle after the head-on crash that severely fractured his right kneecap. His attorneys said ———- has been told by doctors he will face periodic kneecap replacement surgery for the rest of his life.


$3.5 Million
Injured Worker Gets $3.5 Million – The Buffalo News

———-, a Buffalo plasterer who suffered career-ending back injuries in a scaffolding collapse at a Lockport construction site, has accepted a $3.5 million settlement. The settlement was accepted by ———- as a State Supreme Court jury was on the verge of deliberations in a brief trial, according to attorney William B. Collins.

The settlement will be paid by carriers for D.R. Chamberlain Corp. of Lockport, general contractor of the job ———- was injured on.

———-, who will get the full cash settlement within three weeks, suffered permanent back injuries. ———- was 8 feet off the ground at the time of the scaffolding collapse, but didn’t fall to the ground; his left leg got caught in the collapsed scaffolding, severely twisting his back and causing permanent injuries, his attorneys said.


$7.1 Million
Motorcycle Accident


$5.5 Million
HVAC Contractor – North Tonawanda, NY


$5.25 Million
Roofer – Elmira, NY


$4.8 Million
Carpenter – Ohio


$3.3 Million
Electrician – Gowanda, NY


$3.1 Million
Ironworker – Pennsylvania


$2.9 Million
Plumber & Steamfitter – Angola, NY


$2.8 Million
Ironworker – West Seneca, NY


$2.4 Million
Plumber & Steamfitter – Youngstown, NY


$2.25 Million
Boilermaker – Rochester, NY


$2.25 Million
Ironworker – Elmira, NY


$1.59 Million
Boilermaker – Pennsylvania