Estey Bomberger Announces Riverside Jury Awards $11 Million Verdict in Construction Accident Trial

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A Riverside jury has awarded a victim of a construction accident nearly $11 million damages in a trial.

Estey Bomberger, a California law firm, has announced that a Riverside jury has awarded a victim of a construction accident nearly $11 million damages in a trial that ended last week. (Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Riverside, Case No.: RIC526139, Brian Richeson v. Tovey/Schultz Construction, Inc.)

Brian Richeson, age 46, sued Tovey/Shultz Construction of Riverside after falling 20 feet on a construction site in downtown Riverside that ended his career. Richeson was granted $10,717,498.39 for past and future economic loss, medical expenses and pain and suffering. He was represented by Stephen J. Estey of Estey & Bomberger.

“We are grateful that the jury realized not only the severity of Mr. Richeson’s injuries and the pain and suffering he has experienced but also the negligence of the defendant,” stated Estey. “This tragic accident, which will prevent our client from working again or from spending quality time with his family, should have been avoided.”

In 2008, Richeson, an avid outdoorsman, was working on the construction site of a 100 year old building owned by the University of California, Riverside when he stepped on an unsecured plywood platform and plummeted down two stories. Richeson suffered significant injuries which required multiple surgeries to his back and shoulder and have left him in chronic pain and with significant weakness and partial paralysis. According to his doctors, Richeson’s condition will continue to worsen over time.
The construction of the platform onto which Richeson stepped was found not to meet minimum building code standards.

This was not the first time that such an accident happened at the Tovey/Shultz construction site. As alleged in court documents, nine weeks prior to Richeson’s accident, a building inspector on the project stepped on a piece of plywood that was not fastened down and narrowly avoided a similar fall. Despite the first accident, Tovey/Shultz did not take extra safety precautions and did not follow code requirements.

The case was tried in Riverside Superior Court before the Hon. Sharon J. Waters. Because the jury also found Richeson partially negligent, his award of nearly $11 million was reduced by 50 percent.

About Estey Bomberger

The California injury lawyers at Estey Bomberger represent victims of serious injury and wrongful death due to the negligence or willful misconduct of others. The attorneys have successfully handled many complex and challenging cases against individuals, corporations and governmental agencies. For more information, visit http://www.estey-bomberger.com or http://www.california-injury-lawyer-blog.com.

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