When you’re injured in a construction accident, and you seek to obtain a summary judgment on the issue of a defendant’s (or defendants’) liability, there are several things that you need to do. One of those likely things is providing your own statement on the record about exactly what happened and how you were injured. Additionally, if you have any co-workers who saw the accident and can back up your version of events, then it is important to identify them and to get their testimony on the record, too, so this proof can also bolster your case. Whether it is seeking evidence through discovery, getting statements on the record (through depositions, affidavits or otherwise) or compiling your evidence into a winning summary judgment motion, a skilled New York construction injury attorney can help you navigate the process and do the things necessary to achieve a positive result.
One Brooklyn construction worker’s injury case was an example in completing these processes properly. In the fall of 2012, a worker named R.P. and his co-workers were disassembling a grid of posts and girders that held plywood sheets in place. While doing his job, R.P. was struck in the head by a plywood sheet that fell down from the first floor ceiling. The sheet that crashed into R.P.’s head measured 4’ by 8’ and caused the worker to suffer significant injuries.
In R.P.’s case, he and his legal team did the things necessary to earn a summary judgment. R.P. gave a deposition describing the accident. He obtained an affidavit from a co-worker who saw the accident happen. The co-worker’s affidavit was particularly helpful for R.P., as that co-worker stated that he saw another worker remove a vertical post 20-30 minutes before the accident, which left a 4-by-8 piece of plywood unsecured in the ceiling. The co-worker also stated that there was no caution tape put up in the area where R.P. was walking when he was hit. (This evidence was a potential aid in defeating any possible defense argument that R.P. was somewhere he shouldn’t have been when the accident took place.)