Fall at Job Site Settles for $750,000

Fall at Job Site Settles for $750,000

A construction worker in Monmouth County, Saul Medina, sustained injuries to his heel and ankle during a fall at a worksite in Oct 2016. His case settled for $750,000.

Medina fell over 12 feet from the 2nd floor of a house while working in Brielle, NJ. He was diagnosed with multiple fractures. He underwent medical treatment to his ankle and during the removal of the hardware used was also diagnosed with additional issues including a neuroma of the peroneal nerve. Additional surgeries were performed but Medina alleged continued pain and difficulty walking and claimed permanent injuries.

Medina filed a suit against River Point Properties, LLC claiming negligence against the company for failing to provide an adequately safe workplace. Experts for the plaintiff argued that there was not proper fall protection provided on the project, and the failure to provide either safety harnesses or guardrails caused and contributed to Medina's fall.

The defendant contended that those safety measures were not their responsibility as a general contractor and did not violate any regulations.

Both parties agreed to a pretrial settlement and the defendant's insurance company, Merchants Insurance Group, agreed to the $750,000 payment.