A 36-year-old former steel worker disabled after sustaining serious injuries while on the job at a construction site in New Jersey will receive $5.3 million. The settlement agreement comes just one month before the case was scheduled to go to trial, according to the New Jersey Law Journal.
Richard Collier filed his lawsuit in Middlesex County Superior Court in New Jersey against Airport Road Construction Management, its subsidiary Airport Road Construction, and Monmouth Equipment Sales. The case was managed by Superior Court Judge Vincent LeBlon.
Collier was employed by subcontractor 360 Steel Erectors, which was hired along with several other subcontractors to construct a hangar at Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey. On Jan. 16, 2015, Collier fell about 40 feet to the ground when the structure he was on collapsed. His lawsuit claimed the structure collapsed because the building had not been properly braced.
Collier suffered several fractures to his pelvis, right leg, and ribs, as well as a right leg popliteal injury, all of which required surgery. His injuries rendered him disabled. He has been unable to return to work.
Airport Road Construction Management and Airport Road Construction are covered by Travelers Insurance Co. Monmouth Equipment Sales is covered by World Insurance Co. It is unknown how much of the $5.3 million verdict each company will be assigned to pay.
Collier’s $700,000 workers’ compensation lien will offset the award, his attorney said.
Source: New Jersey Law Journal