Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) February 13, 2009
Phoenix Landscaper obtains $700,000 settlement in construction site accident lawsuit against general contractor.
A landscaper in the Phoenix area settled his case against a general contractor for seven hundred thousand dollars. Working at a construction site, he says the general contractor failed to secure the safety of the site. The landscaper was seriously injured when a large pre-fabricated wall fell on him when a crew was trying to lift it up. Michael Cordova, http://www.mcordova.com, initiated the lawsuit against the general contractor, Porter Brothers. Michael Cordova was part of a legal team that included Frank Lesselyong of the Phoenix Law Firm Kleinman, Lesselyong & Novak.
On August 18, 2005, German Escobar Ramirez, was working as a landscaper for Western Innovations, Inc. in Gilbert, AZ. The construction project was overseen by general contractor Porter Brothers. A Porter Brothers employee asked Mr. Ramirez and other landscapers if they could assist in lifting a large wall. There was no mechanical equipment employed during for this action. The wall was lifted approximately half-way up, and then the workers they could not continue. The weight was too much and German Escobar Ramirez had the weight fall onto his back.
The injury sustained by Mr. Ramirez was substantial. Initially the doctors thought that he had suffered a simple fracture of his vertebra. An orthopedic surgeon saw him a few months after the accident and determined that Mr. Ramirez has actually sustained what is known as an "explosion type compression fracture of his L1 vertebra". The medical bills were extensive and German Escobar Ramirez was not able to continue his work as a landscaper.
The Plaintiff asserted that the general contractor, Porter Brothers, Inc., had a duty to provide a safe work environment at the construction site. He pointed out that the wall was not secured by mechanical equipment, he was asked to help by a supervisor, and the wall was too heavy to be lifted by the manpower that was used. Mr. Ramirez felt this was a case of 100% liability.
The complaint was filed on June 22, 2007, Ramirez v. Porter Brothers, Inc., Maricopa Superior Court, Case No. CV2007-010946. After months of work, the case was settled before for seven hundred thousand dollars, which was accepted by the Plaintiff.
Defendant, Porter Brothers, alleged that the case was not 100% liability. They asserted that it is common practice as construction sites for different crews to assist in various tasks. They also argued that Mr. Ramirez could not receive a future wage claim, because he lacked citizenship documentation.
People who have suffered a serious injury or any construction site accident can contact the Law Office of Michael Cordova, P.C. or visit the website, http://www.mcordova.com.
About Michael Cordova, P.C.
Michael Cordova P.C., was founded in 1994 by Michael Fairbairn Cordova, a graduate of Harvard Law School. The Law Firm is one of the leading Plaintiffs' law firms in the state of Arizona. The Law Firm handles a variety of accident and injury cases, including pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, products liability, and medical malpractice.