Construction is an inherently dangerous profession. Extreme heights, heavy materials, and complicated machinery all contribute to the risk involved in working construction. In addition to worrying about the possibility of injuring yourself or your co-workers, construction also commonly takes place in public areas. As such, there is a separate concern that construction activities may place the general public in harm’s way. In such a situation, it would be wise to contact an expert construction site accident attorney at 617-787-3700.
While biking on a busy street in Brooklyn, New York, 23 year old Robert Liciaga was severely injured after construction workers allegedly dropped a railroad tie on him. Liciaga was rushed to the hospital, where he learned he is paralyzed from the waist down. Liciaga filed suit against the New York City Transit Authority. After a three week trial, a jury found the Transit Authority liable for Liciaga’s injuries and awarded him an enormous sum of $100 million.
According to court documents, liability in this case was premised on the fact that the NYC Transit Authority was performing subway maintenance without barricades, and failed place adequate signs warning pedestrians of the danger. Lawyers for the NYC Transit Authority argued that Liciaga should have known better than to enter the construction area, but after that argument failed, they are seeking to reduce the amount of damages, which they call “grossly excessive.” Liciaga was represented by attorney Scott Occhiogrosso, of Block O’Toole and Murphy LLP.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction site accident, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact an expert construction site accident attorney here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our injury attorney specialists today at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!