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Worker Who Broke Back Gets $9.3M  – Workplace Safety/Negligence

A jury awarded a day laborer over $9.3 million for multiple lumbar fractures after he fell from an extension ladder while allegedly working at an apartment complex. In 2010, Sergio C., then 45, was painting and performing repairs to a roof-like structure at an apartment complex owned by the E.S. Trust. He claimed that he had been working for Sonia S., on behalf of the trust, for over three months when the accident occurred. Plaintiff alleged an unsafe work environment due to the unsecured ladder and the balcony being restricted. He also claimed Defendant poorly supervised and instructed the workers. Defendant denied knowing Plaintiff or having hired him for work on the complex. She also disputed that Plaintiff was injured on the property.

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