Major Defense Verdict in Ironworker Construction Case

October 4, 2017

Patton & Ryan Senior Partner John W. Patton, Jr., Managing Partner David F. Ryan, and associate Natalie J. Eschbach secured this 100% defense verdict after a month-long trial in Cook County, Chicago, Illinois involving a catastrophic injury. The Plaintiff, a 47-year-old journeyman union ironworker employed by a subcontractor caught his foot on a spacer while moving rebar on a bridge deck linking I-294 with I-90 near Chicago, Illinois, fell and collapsed carrying 100 pounds of rebar, sustaining a horrific rupture of his knee. Plaintiff claimed that the defendant general contractor for the project had control over the means and methods of the Plaintiff’s work on the date of the incident by placement of its equipment on the project. Plaintiff alleged that due to the incident he tore three ligaments in his left knee, which required surgery, and also resulted in a complex regional pain syndrome (“CRPS”) diagnosis. Plaintiff’s past medical expenses were over $350,000 and was unable to work his high paying union job any longer.

Plaintiff asked the jury for an award of $16.5 million. Patton & Ryan inherited the case on the eve of trial with many expert and evidence depositions set to take place prior to the trial. This defense verdict is the result of an aggressive and focused trial team of Patton & Ryan attorneys. Should you want John and our team to help you on a large exposure matter, anywhere in the nation, or just want more information, please do not hesitate to email or call.