$3.32 Million Settlement for Injuries Sustained in Bridge Construction Collapse
S. v. Dunnet Bay
Construction Co. et al.
We represented a union ironworker who was injured in 2005 when a flyover bridge span collapsed and pinned his arm while he worked on a lift 30 feet in the air. He suffered arterial damage that required orthopedic surgeries and grafting procedures. In addition to his $3.32 million settlement, the worker also received a $500,000 waiver of a workers’ compensation lien. The settlement will help the man provide for his wife and two young children. The injury forced him to leave his trade and work in a factory.
The construction negligence lawsuit claimed that the uncommon steel bridge — erected at the junction of Interstate 80 and Interstate 284 in south suburban Chicago — was not designed properly and that engineers and contractors working on the Illinois Department of Transportation project failed to stop construction to redraw the plans before continuing.