Sometimes when a victim suffers a personal injury in someone else's home or on a company property, it can be overwhelming to know how to approach the case, especially if the injury is severe or if the victim knows the owner of the property. This month, in Greenwich, Connecticut, such a case reached a $1.5 million settlement for an injury that occurred in April of 2014.
The claimant, David Lambo, was working as a personal chef for a private residence when the incident took place. He was exiting a stairwell in the back of the house in order to enter the kitchen when he slipped and fell on an “improperly installed and dangerous plastic runner installed by the defendant.”
After slipping, Lambo fell head and shoulders first into the wall at the bottom of the stairwell, sustaining substantial injuries. The suit cites a concussion, a torn rotator cuff, and a herniated disk in Lambo's back which have left the personal chef unable to do necessary work related to his job, such as carry kitchen supplies and boxes of food. Expert witnesses were called to the stand to testify on behalf of Lambo and to corroborate his claims concerning loss of physical capacity.
Lambo did not name the owner of the house as the defendant, but rather the contractor who was doing work on the house at the time, SWS Builders. The contractors had not provided any warning of the unsafe plastic running such as signs or cordons to separate the area off.
Lambo's lawyer, Tom Ganim, states that he is “pleased that we were able to provide some much-needed financial relief for David Lambo after this unexpected turmoil in his life.” Ganim went on to assert that “Renovations, whether to a commercial or residential property, most always include safeguards to protect both pedestrians and the builder.”
Lambo's suit included damage claims for his injuries, hospital and surgery expenses, current and future loss of wages. He has now settled for $1.5 million with the contracting company. SWS Builders did not comment on the lawsuit; however, Lambo's lawyer reiterated the company's fault, stating that the contractor had created an “unsafe condition and tripping hazard for those ascending and descending the stairwell.”
As this case demonstrates, there may be unexpected parties liable for your injuries, even if it occurs on a private residence. In some cases, there can be multiple organizations, individuals, or manufacturers that all represent various degrees of liability. In these cases, experienced personal injury attorneys can help you evaluate your options and guide you towards the most successful case.
If you are considering filing a lawsuit against an individual or company for their negligence, it is a good idea to consult with legal counsel before moving forward. Attorneys Charles Gilman and Briggs Bedigian will work to hold companies accountable for their negligence in order to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call them today at 800-529-6162 or contact them online. The firm handles cases in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.