BSH wins verdict for client, Bast Hatfield, Inc.!

Bast Hatfield, Inc. v. Gilman & Company Drywall, Inc.

In a severed third-party trial, we successfully obtained a complete pass through verdict over and against the third-party defendant in this Labor Law Section 240(1) construction accident case.  Plaintiff in the main action was an employee of the third-party defendant, Gilman & Company Drywall, Inc.  He was injured in a work site construction accident on September 7, 2007 when he fell from a scaffold erected by our client, Bast Hatfield, Inc., while transitioning from a boom lift operated by the plaintiff.  Bast Hatfield, Inc. was the general contractor on the construction site.  The plaintiff suffered significant spine injuries requiring surgery and eventual implantation of a spinal cord stimulator.  Plaintiff previously obtained a strict liability award against Bast Hatfield, Inc. under Section 240(1) of the New York State Labor Law.  The third-party action we commenced against plaintiff’s employer was severed for trial and after a four day trial, the jury returned a verdict on January 30, 2015 finding the employer solely liable for the happening of the accident with no liability on our client, Bast Hatfield, Inc.