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Arnold & Itkin Wins $44m Jury Verdict for Worker Whose Leg Was Amputated in Crane Accident

Arnold & Itkin is proud to announce that our firm won a $44m jury verdict on May 6th for a construction superintendent who had his leg amputated after being crushed in a crane accident.

Our client, Tyler Lee, was working at a construction site in Houston. Berkel & Company was operating a LS-248 Link Belt manufactured crane that was owned by Maxim Crane. The crane collapsed after the auger became stuck and the site superintendent instructed the crane operator to continue attempting to unstick it. Despite at least five warnings from the crane operator that something was wrong, the superintendent refused to stop.

When the crane collapsed, a piece of equipment struck our client and pinned him to the ground. First responders needed a second crane to remove the heavy equipment off of Tyler’s leg. He was taken to a nearby hospital where doctors determined that Tyler would need to have his left leg amputated above the knee.

The firm took nearly thirty depositions in nine months and gathered well-respected experts from across the country to best present the case Defendants refused to make any offer for 18 months and the day before trial offered to settle the case—but not for an amount that would take care of our client for life. Throughout the three week trial, Lead Attorney Kurt Arnold presented the jury with evidence that showed the defendant repeatedly violated safety practices in order to complete the job as quickly as possible to save time and money. Those safety violations led to the crane collapse that left our client with life-altering injuries.

After hearing all arguments, the jury decided that the defendants were at fault and awarded $44 million in damages.

Our client was extremely happy with the award and we are pleased that the jury came to the correct decision. Our firm is proud to advocate on behalf of victims who were injured by the negligence of others and we strive to hold companies that violate safety regulations accountable for their actions.

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