SETTLEMENT : Two ironworkers fell approximately 17 feet
On March 3, 1986, two ironworkers, both in their late 20’s, were working for their employer, an independent contractor, on a larger construction job in Orange County. Their job at the worksite was to install large steel plates on one of the floors of the site’s multi-story building. During the course of this work, one of the plaintiffs used a crowbar to move a large stack of steel plates when the plates, on which the two men were standing, also moved and sent the ironworkers falling 17 feet to the ground below.
Both men suffered significant injuries in the fall and hired Lawrence R. Booth and Donald J. Beck of Booth & Koskoff to represent them in a lawsuit against the general contractor of the worksite. The primary Plaintiff and ironworker suffered serious injuries to his back and feet that required multiple surgeries and an extensive recovery period with lost wages. The secondary Plaintiff and ironworker sustained less severe injuries that also required surgery. His injuries were primarily located at his wrists and his recovery was reasonable and swift.
Koskoff and his team levied the lawsuit against the general contractor as they argued that the general contractor should have provided fall protection via cat lines. In general, when a general contractor hires an independent contractor to perform work and that independent contractor causes injuries to themselves or others during the course of that work, then it is the independent contractor alone who is responsible or liable for said injuries.
However, in California there is a Peculiar Risk Doctrine that puts responsibility on the general contractor or owner who hires an independent contractor to do work if and when that work is considered to be “inherently dangerous work.” So while the Defendant’s attorneys alleged the accident and resulting injuries were the sole fault and responsibility of the ironworkers and their employer, Booth & Koskoff contended the general contractors were responsible under this doctrine and ultimately succeeded.
Booth and his team secured a part cash and part structure settlement valued at approximately $1,250,000 for the primary Plaintiff. This was in addition to the $175,000 contributed by the Workers Compensation Carrier. The secondary Plaintiff received a settlement for $175,000 for his lesser injuries.
“From the moment I contacted Booth & Koskoff from my hospital bed to the eventual settlement of my case, I experienced nothing but outstanding assistance and representation.”
– Claire Rexon
My family experienced a tremendous loss as a result of my father’s death. During the entire process of investigation and settlement of our case, we were treated with the utmost professionalism by the Booth & Koskoff attorneys and staff.
– Dale Magner
The lawyers and staff at Booth & Koskoff were efficient, thorough, helpful and always available, even on weekends. I am very pleased with my overall experience, and I would recommend Booth & Koskoff to anyone who needs an excellent attorney.
– Keith Schultz
“Because of Roger’s experience and professionalism, I was able to focus on the others things I needed to do for my brother to care for him during this time. He was a godsend, and I would highly recommend Roger and his staff.”
– Penny Vincelli
“We felt lucky like we were referred to Booth & Koskoff by someone we trusted. Richard’s professionalism and tenacity showed that he definitely was in our court.”
– John Mahoney
“Mr. Booth did an incredible job resolving the case for us, and we are very thankful for the successful ending to our lawsuit. Thank you for your hard work Mr. Booth. You will always be our family lawyer and friend.”
– Sam Kirakosyan
When I met with Roger, he was honest, genuine, and straight-forward on how we would proceed. Roger took a leap of faith when taking this case. He trusted what I said to be true, and wasn’t afraid to proceed.
– Cynthia Mitchell