SETTLEMENT : Fall off platform
In June of 1988, a 40-year-old instrument calibrator worked at a client’s facility, calibrating instruments as he had been trained to do, when he got caught in a terrible accident. During the performance of his normal duties, a cloud of hot steam engulfed him where he worked on a grated platform. The man fell 15 to 20 feet trying to escape the steam and suffered significant head trauma in doing so.
He was hospitalized for a neurological evaluation. Doctors listed him as having a concussion with long-term mild cognitive dysfunction expected. His immediate medical costs totaled $125,000 with an expectancy of future medical needs related to the accident. The worker also suffered an estimated earnings loss of $500,000 in past and future present value.
The worker hired Richard B. Koskoff and Lawrence R. Booth of Booth & Koskoff to represent him against his employer and the client company. His attorneys argued that the Defendant and co-Defendant should never have allowed workers present in an area where equipment was undergoing steam cleaning. Rather, the area should have been roped off, barricaded, and labeled unsafe.
In response, the defendant argued that the area had been roped off. They additionally stated that the steam cleaning activity had been underway for several days at the time of the incident and that workers had been informed of the process and dangers.
The case was not an easy one. It took until March 1994 for it to be resolved. Under the stewardship of Judge William Beverley Jr., the two parties agreed to settle in favor of the plaintiff. Defendant one agreed to a payout of $1,950,000 and the co-defendant agreed to a payout of $800,000 for a sum total of $2,750,000.
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
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
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
“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
“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
“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