A jury in Jefferson County, Texas, recently returned a verdict against United Scaffolding. The jury found that the company was 5 percent responsible for the Plaintiff’s head injury and awarded Louie Meiers more than $4.1 million in damages. On May 31, 2006, while working near a scaffold, Meiers suffered a head injury when a co-worker inadvertently pushed a 4-by-4 inch board off the scaffold’s walkway. Meiers and other Performance Contractors employees were working at the Valero refinery when the incident occurred. There were no guards in place on the walkway to prevent board from being pushed off.
The jury found that Performance Contractors, Meiers’ employer at the time, was 80 percent responsible for the incident. Jurors also found Jacobs Engineering, a third party in the suit, 15 percent responsible. Jurors assigned the remaining 5 percent of responsibility to United Scaffolding. Meiers was awarded $1,500,000 in damages for mental anguish, $790,000 in medical expenses, $1,293,000 in lost wages and $593,000 for his disabling impairment.
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