Negligent Security Seminar | March 2015

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Construction Accidents

Accidents on construction sites or those caused by construction occur frequently. Because of the ultra-hazardous nature of most of these activities, great caution is required. When that does not happen, people are often injured or killed. Founding partner John Elliott Leighton is a construction accident lawyer in Florida who has litigated and tried to verdict many cases where the injuries were caused by construction negligence.

Mr. Leighton obtained a settlement of $500,000 for a construction worker when he was struck in the head on the job site by what was then an unknown object. When he regained consciousness, he was surrounded by several concrete cores on the ground which had been drilled for placement of handrails on an upper floor. The case was brought against the subcontractors responsible for drilling concrete for railings. Another case involved a construction worker who was burned by scalding hot tar that spilled on the roof of a building under construction which poured down on him through an open skylight. The man was working below an atrium that was not yet covered, and the bucket of hot tar was unsecured, causing it to spill into the atrium and coat our client. Mr. Leighton won a $862,000 settlement for this client.

Negligent construction causes injuries and deaths in other ways as well. When electricity is involved, the greatest care is required to protect people. When wiring is done improperly, tragic results can occur. Mr. Leighton handled a case where $1,160,000 was recovered for the parents of a 12 year-old boy who was electrocuted to death because of an improperly wired boat lift. The electrician’s license was revoked following this death and it was later revealed that many other wiring jobs he had performed were potentially deadly. In yet another, Leighton Law recovered $450,000 for a subcontractor who suffered burns from an electrical injury caused by another contractor failing to turn off an electric line on a job site.

Mr. Leighton also litigated a case where a father of three was electrocuted when he came into contact with a landscape light near his pool. The light had been improperly wired in this brand new luxury home. Mr. Leighton secured a $5.55 million settlement for the wife and children against the builder and subcontractors.

Mr. Leighton was hired to try a construction site accident in Charlotte, North Carolina.  A young man had fallen from a 3rd story because there were no guardrails on the construction project.  He suffered severe back and arm injuries resulting in his disability. After a 3 week trial, a confidential settlement was obtained for this man.

Whatever the construction accident, Leighton Law is prepared to assist clients and protect their rights. Our team of attorneys, paralegals, nurses, investigators, experts and staff are available to speak to you at 888-395-0001 or by contacting us by email.

Click here for examples of our pending and finalized construction accident cases.

Disclaimer: The information about past verdicts and settlements of the firm’s cases are based on the unique facts of each case. These amounts reflect the gross recovery in each case (before attorneys fees, expenses and medical costs are deducted). Although these results were obtained by our firm, they may not indicate the success or value of any other case as each case is unique. By clicking on Verdicts and Settlements you are acknowledging that every case is different and each case must be evaluated on its own merits. The information contained here has not been reviewed or approved by The Florida Bar.

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