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Defense Verdict Regarding Construction Site

December 2015

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Keith Olivera won a verdict for the defense in a recent jury trial. A construction worker allegedly dropped a wooden window well cover and broke his ankle. His workers’ compensation carrier filed suit against the framer of the house.  The worker said the cover tipped to the right when he moved it while he was in the window well and that the window well cover was not made wide enough to be safe.  Keith argued that it is unlikely that the window well cover could fall and cause the injuries alleged by the plaintiff.   Keith also argued that as a matter of common sense, when you drop an object and injure yourself, you are responsible for your own injury.  The jury found that the framing company was not negligent and did not cause the worker’s injuries.

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