There are certain conditions in which a person might reasonably anticipate a fall hazard as a result of ice. However, most people in North Carolina likely assume that they are reasonably safe from such a hazard while walking in a hallway, even one that is under construction. Unfortunately, a man in another state found himself in such a scenario, which resulted in injuries so severe that he had to retire. He recently settled a slip-and-fall claim against a contractor and subcontractor.
The man was reportedly working as a carpenter at a high rise apartment complex in 2016. Reports indicate that a hallway under construction was covered in ice, which caused him to fall. He reportedly underwent five different surgeries on his leg and ankle as a result.
He must now walk with a cane in addition to experiencing complex regional pain syndrome. Additionally, his injuries required him to retire even though he is only now 43. He recently settled a claim against a contractor and subcontractor who agreed to pay $8.05 million and $1.95 million, respectively.
While many people may assume that a slip-and-fall accident is a relatively minor event, victims of them can suffer severe injuries that could ultimately impact them for the rest of their lives, both physically and financially. Though this man may have been entitled to workers’ compensation insurance benefits because the accident appears to have been work-related, filing a personal injury lawsuit may also be available in certain situations. An attorney with experience with such cases can help those in North Carolina suffering as a result of another’s negligence examine their options and choose the most appropriate path for their individual circumstances.