During the construction phase of 1 World Trade Center, a 44 year-old laborer was caused to slip and fall from a ladder while working. The ladder was supposed to be fixed with a kicker at the bottom and tied off at the top. Though the client used the ladder during the morning work session without issue, he claimed that the kicker and tie-off were subsequently removed before he had his accident. While on the ladder working at a height above, the ladder slipped and he fell approximately 15 feet.
He reported the incident at the scene and was taken home by a co-worker. He returned the next day but could not complete the tasks required of him. He began to complain of pain to his neck and back. The injured worker had prior back surgery but it was his position, which we supported with medical evidence and the fact that he returned to work for the last 10 years, that the prior injury had resolved and this new accident resulted in new complaints of pain.
The firm was retained and we immediately spoke with and secured several witnesses who saw the accident and/or the aftermath and would corroborate the client’s version.