From decades of handling construction cases, SM&B understands the inherent dangers involved in an industry that represents about seven percent of the US workforce yet accounts for more than 20 percent of all workplace fatalities. To cite just two examples: roofing accidents kill about 100 workers annually while scaffolding accidents account for another 60 fatal incidents each year.
The injury statistics are just as startling—over 200,000 construction workers are injured on the job on an annual basis.
Construction workers built this great country, yet they are exposed to some of the most dangerous working conditions. We are proud to have represented hundreds of construction workers and their families.
Robert J. Mongeluzzi
Over the last 30+ years, SM&B has represented hundreds of workers in construction accident cases. We have handled dozens of cases in each of the most common categories of job accidents:
- Scaffold accidents
- Roofing accidents
- Falls from heights
- Structural collapses
- Crane accidents
- Aerial lift accidents
- Electrical accidents
Led by firm partner Robert Mongeluzzi, SM&B has prosecuted more accident cases involving the construction industry than any other plaintiffs’ firm in the US and has secured more multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements in those cases, including:
- $227,000,000 record-setting settlement for Salvation Army thrift store collapse
- $101,000,000 settlement (largest for any construction case in US history) for four workmen killed and 30 injured in 2003 collapse of the Tropicana Casino parking garage in Atlantic City, NJ
- $75,000,000 verdict (largest ever awarded to an individual US construction worker) for a road construction flagman run over by a drunk driver
- $36,000,000 settlement for property damage victims in Montgomery County apartment complex caused by construction adjacent to apartment buildings
- $17,000,000 record-setting settlement for family of worker killed by overloaded crane hook
- $16,500,000 settlement for millwright severely injured while working on plant repair project in Lehigh County
- $16,300,000 settlement for ironworker whose leg was amputated in worksite accident
- $14,000,000 settlement for roofer who suffered traumatic brain injury at worksite
- $12,700,000 settlement for seven workers injured in scaffold collapse during construction of Kimmel Center
- $12,000,000 settlement for roofer paralyzed by 40-foot fall
- $10,000,000 for worker paralyzed in fall from pallet rack
- $8,500,000 settlement for worker who suffered brain injury and spastic paraplegia from scaffold accident at worksite
- $8,500,000 settlement for roofer paralyzed after backing off a roof
- $6,100,000 settlement for demolition worker injured in fall caused by joist collapse
- $5,900,000 settlement for a worker who fell through hole at worksite
- $5,500,000 settlement for construction worker who fell 40 feet off tipped-over scaffold
- $3,850,000 settlement for family of mine worker killed when crane operator lost control of massive piece of steel.
- $2,735,732 verdict for carpenter whose ankle was shattered when a scaffolding platform board gave way
- $1,950,000 settlement for plumber injured at construction site for Ritz Carlton hotel
- $1,400,000 settlement with USX for mechanic injured in fall from catwalk
- $1,120,000 settlement for carpenter injured in 24-foot fall from scaffold
- $75,000,000A Philadelphia jury yesterday awarded more than $75 million to a former highway construction worker who was left quadriplegic after he was struck by ...Read Story
- $24,100,000According to court papers, plaintiff Leon Oates, a construction worker, broke through a drop ceiling tile during the construction project and fell ...Read Story
- $5,800,000Plaintiff Craig Crumley was on foot, helping guide a backhoe operator who was loading a welding machine on a flatbed truck, when the backhoe ...Read Story
- $13,000,000A crane operator who lost one leg and suffered serious injuries to the other in an accident during the initial phase of construction of the Harrah's ...Read Story
- $101,000,000A global settlement worth more than $101 million has been reached in the massive litigation stemming from the October 2003 collapse of the Tropicana ...Read Story
- $7,800,000A man injured after falling 10 feet from a platform on a construction site has settled his lawsuit against the general contractor for $7.8 million, ...Read Story
Simply put—we know construction. We also understand the safety measures necessary to protect the men and women working to build our homes, office buildings and bridges—and the management mistakes and shortcuts that lead to tragic accidents.
Many of our friends and family members are involved and invested in the industry. And SM&B brings its extensive knowledge of safety codes and modern technology to every construction case it handles. We exhaustively search safety records, take comprehensive depositions and have pioneered the use of video technology and computer animation to illustrate how each accident happened and its impact on our clients.
In these complex cases, SM&B relies upon both its experience and the wisdom developed by leading construction safety experts to determine what went wrong. We want to know:
- Were all OSHA regulations and contractual safety requirements met?
- Were best practice safety measures such as perimeter cables and safety nets used?
- Were all workers properly trained?
- Did the general contractor fulfill its contractual obligations to provide for worker safety?
- If the case involves a roofing accident:
- Was the edge clearly marked by warning flags?
- Was a safety monitor posted to warn roofers they were nearing the edge?
- Were roofers appropriately tied off?
- Were all openings properly covered or barricaded?
- If the case involves a scaffolding accident:
- Was the scaffold properly installed and secured to the building?
- Was it erected with secured, adequately load-bearing planks, and equipped with guardrail fall protections?
- Was it inspected before each shift?
To answer such questions, SM&B thoroughly reviews all relevant information, including:
- Job safety or job hazard analyses
- Contracts between owners, general contractors and subcontractors
- Daily reports, OSHA records and accident investigation
Bob Mongeluzzi wrote the Construction Accident Litigation chapter in Tort Litigation, the American Association for Justice’s most ambitious publication ever. He has also spent decades teaching other lawyers around the country how to handle construction cases.
SM&B casts a wide net to identify potential defendants in every construction accident case. Property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, construction managers, construction companies and equipment manufacturers may all be liable for construction accidents. SM&B will work tirelessly to help you get all the compensation to which you may be entitled—including payments for pain and suffering, emotional trauma, past and future medical expenses, lost income and future earnings.
If you have been injured, or a family member has been injured or killed, as a result of a construction accident, SM&B is committed to obtaining all the results you need and deserve.