Galfand Berger, LLP Secures $10 Million Recovery for Construction Site Fall

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Galfand Berger’s client, a 40-year-old construction framer, fell from the second floor of a house under construction and suffered multiple skull fractures and a severe traumatic brain injury. His doctors believed he would never fully recover and, sadly, he passed away four months after the parties reached a settlement, leaving behind two teenage children.

Galfand Berger partners Debra Jensen and Bradley Smith sued multiple parties alleging that defendants failed to provide proper fall protection, violated their own policies and procedures, and violated OSHA guardrail mandates. Using the parties’ own documents and admissions, Debra and Bradley argued that their client’s catastrophic injuries were preventable, and the fall should never have occurred. Tragically, their client suffered for more than three years before his death during which time he could not speak, feed himself, or even move on his own volition, nor could he be a father to his children.

The defendants challenged every aspect of Galfand Berger’s case – even questioning whether Debra and Bradley’s client had even fallen – but ultimately agreed to pay an 8-figure settlement to resolve the lawsuit.

Debra and Bradley recovered $10 million for our client. This settlement ensured their client received excellent medical care until his untimely death and will also provide for his two children well into the future.

Debra Jensen is Galfand Berger’s Managing Partner. When her fellow partners unanimously elected her as Managing Partner in 1999, Debra became one of three women who were the top managing attorneys at Philadelphia law firms. In this capacity, Debra has carried on Galfand Berger’s mission to bring excellent advocacy and legal representation to people hurt through no fault of their own.

Debra is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and has received longstanding recognition as a member of the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list.

Bradley Smith is a Partner with Galfand Berger, LLP. He proudly advocates on behalf of injured workers, consumers, and victims of negligence. Since 2015, Bradley has partnered with other Galfand Berger attorneys to recover over $36 million for his clients. Bradley’s success has been recognized on Super Lawyer Magazine's Rising Stars list each year from 2018-2022. Only 2.5% of all attorneys practicing in Pennsylvania receive this honor.

Since 1947, Galfand Berger has stood on the side of injured workers, consumers and individuals. Our firm’s mission is clear: to secure full and just compensation for people who have suffered injustices and injuries.

Galfand Berger helps people hurt because of automobile accidents, defective products, unsafe equipment and machinery, workplace and construction accidents, workers’ compensation claims, medical malpractice and any other serious personal injuries or accidents.

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