SETTLEMENT : Roofer fell 13 feet when defective wooden beam broke
On June 17, 2004, Reynaldo Salas, 47, was working for the Pasillas Construction Company as a roofer when the subpurlin beam he was standing on failed as he was in process of sheathing a roof. Salas, not wearing any fall protection, fell 15 feet and onto the building’s concrete slab. He died shortly after due to the severity of his injuries.
Reynaldo’s wife, Olivia Salas, and their six children, retained the services of Richard B. Koskoff of the Law Offices of Booth & Koskoff to represent them in a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer of the Douglas Fir Standard and Better 4” x 4” x 8” subpurlin beam that failed, its distributor, and its seller. The Plaintiff team alleged that this piece of lumber was defectively manufactured, improperly graded, and structurally unsound, and was the sole cause of Salas’s death.
According to the Plaintiffs, the decedent, who weighed 275 pounds while wearing his tool belt, had been setting blocks on either side of the beam in the moments just before the accident. In setting the blocks, he had to step out onto the beam, which fractured underneath him. They cited a worker, who had been approximately 50 feet away at the time of the accident, claiming that he saw the decedent fall through the air in his peripheral. This witness did not see the beam fracture.
The case was set to go to trial but ultimately settled out of court just four weeks before. The Law Offices of Booth & Koskoff secured a sum of $4,345,000 on behalf of the Salas Family.
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
“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
“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
“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
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
“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