The Chicago construction accident law firm of Goldberg Weisman Cairo has represented the working men and women of Illinois for more than 30 years.
We are proud to continue that tradition by representing a hardworking member of the Bricklayers Local 21 and are ready to help fight for the justice that injured bricklayers deserve.
Our firm concentrates its practice on representing clients suffering catastrophic injuries and wrongful death cases in Chicago and the surrounding cities and counties in Illinois.
GWC Secures $8.37 Million Jury Verdict for Injured Indiana Bricklayer
On October 25, 2011, a Cook County Jury awarded a verdict of $8,376,000 to a Local 21 bricklayer for a serious heel injury that he suffered in an Indiana construction accident on May 30, 2006.
The case was tried before Judge Suriano, by Colin J. O’Malley and Joseph P. Sorce of Goldberg Weisman Cairo in Chicago, Illinois. The lawsuit was filed against Emil Perrotta Co, Inc., a carpenter subcontractor working the Chicago area.
On May 30, 2006, the Local 21 bricklayer was working at the Coffee Creek Center Project taking place in Chesterton, Indiana. The bricklayers had started work at 7 o’clock that morning and were working on the west side of the building.
“This finding by the jury was a very important part of their verdict because it was important for our client to know that his injuries were not his fault.”
At some time between 7 and 9 a.m., the carpenters from Emil Perrotta Co. Used the bricklayers’ scaffold and left an unsupported walking plank. When the Local 21 bricklayer returned to the east side of the building to continue working after the morning break, he stepped on the unsupported walking plank, which immediately gave way underneath him. He fell 30 feet to the ground below.
As a result of the fall, the bricklayer suffered a calcaneus fracture, ruptured Achilles tendon and a vertebral fracture. Despite his heroic efforts to rehabilitate himself and get back to work as a union bricklayer, a career he loved, he was never able to meet the physical demands of being a bricklayer.
The jury heard five days of evidence and deliberated for over eight hours before reaching its verdict. In their verdict, the jury found that the bricklayer was not responsible for the accident, which was a vindication for the bricklayer who prided himself on being a well-trained, safety-conscious union mason.