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Fred Carty v. North Shore Smithtown Development Associates, Inc.; Director Door Corp.; and Halstar Construction Co., Inc. v. Accomplished Contracting, Inc

Case Name

Fred Carty v. North Shore Smithtown Development Associates, Inc.; Director Door Corp.; and Halstar Construction Co., Inc. v. Accomplished Contracting, Inc

Type of Injury

HERNIATED LUMBAR DISCS

Occupation

carpenter

Location

NY

Verdict

This action settled during jury selection for $460,000 plus a reduction of a $171,000 Workers' Compensation lien to $45,000.

Verdict Amount

$171,000.00

Case Details

XIII/40-38 LABOR LAW CARPENTER SUFFERS HERNIATED LUMBAR DISCS WHILE UNLOADING 300-LB DOORS FAILURE TO PROVIDE PROPER UNLOADING EQUIPMENT

SETTLEMENT: Fred Carty v. North Shore Smithtown Development Associates, Inc.; Director Door Corp.; and Halstar Construction Co., Inc. v. Accomplished Contracting, Inc. 14236/91 Date of Settlement 2/96 Suffolk Supreme

Pltf. Atty: Martin Block of Sanders, Sanders, Block & Woycik, Mineola

This action settled during jury selection for $460,000 plus a reduction of a $171,000 Workers’ Compensation lien to $45,000. Pltf., a 35-year-old non-union carpenter employed by Third-party Deft. Accomplished Contracting, was injured while working at a construction site at the premises of North Shore Surgi-Center on Jericho Tpke. in Smithtown on 7/25/89. The premises were owned by Deft. North Shore Smithtown Development. Although it was not part of his job duties, Pltf. was directed by a supervisor for Deft. Halstar, the construction manager, to help him unload from a truck three solid doors manufactured by Deft. Director Door. The doors were to be transported into the premises by means of a handtruck. There were no hi-lo vehicles, forklifts, or other equipment that could have been used to unload the doors. Pltf. requested that the three doors, which were wrapped in plastic and banded together on a skid, be off-loaded separately because they were very heavy, but the supervisor refused. The truck driver slid the doors out of the back of the truck and toward Pltf., who was waiting with the handtruck. Pltf. claimed that the supervisor did not help him catch the doors, which weighed approximately 300 lbs, and they fell on Pltf.

Pltf. brought this suit under Labor Law ? 200. Defts. denied that the accident occurred as Pltf. claimed. They contended that the off- loading procedure was proper and that Pltf. was comparatively negligent.

Injuries: herniated discs at L2-3, L3-4, and L5-S1 requiring hemilaminectomies and a spinal fusion. Pltf. required five hospitalizations. He claimed that he is totally disabled. Defts. contended that Pltf. had pre-existing back injuries. Settlement apportionment: Halstar paid $350,000; North Shore Smithtown paid $50,000; Director Door paid $10,000, and Accomplished Contracting paid $50,000. Pltf. Experts: Richard Andree, Ph.D., engineer, Greenlawn; Edmond Provder, vocational rehabilitation, Manhattan; Dr. Thomas Dowling, neurosurgeon, Smithtown.