McNicholas & McNicholas Associate David Angeloff Secures $552K for a Worker Who Fell off a Ladder and Shattered His Arm
After a four-day bench trial, McNicholas & McNicholas associate David Angeloff secured a $552,000 verdict in a negligence and premises liability lawsuit on behalf of a worker who fell off a ladder and shattered his right elbow and arm.
On August 9, 2015, Isaac Soto was performing some maintenance on a car lot which had recently been purchased by his employers. The property owners instructed him to paint an auto-maintenance structure on the car lot and provided him with an unsafe ladder that was in such poor condition that the grip surfaces on the “feet” of the ladder that are meant to keep it in place were worn down to smooth, rounded metal surfaces.
While painting the structure 12 feet off the ground, the ladder slipped on the slick, grated metal ground, causing Soto to fall and badly shatter his right elbow and arm. In addition to providing an unsafe ladder, the property owners were negligent in failing to provide Soto with safety equipment, instructions on how to perform the job safely, and failing to ensure that someone was “spotting” him while he painted the structure.