Jay Hawthorne, a 27-year old ironworker was rendered a quadriplegic when he fell 14 feet while attempting to install metal decking on a rooftop.
The construction management company responsible for the worksite had experienced a similar accident 4 years earlier and ignored the advice of its own independent safety consultant that stricter fall protection was needed if future accidents were to be prevented. It was learned that the same consultant warned the management company of safety problems and needed changes just 30 days before Jay was catastrophically injured but no action was taken. Mark J. LeWinter’s role as lead trial counsel for Mr. Hawthorne was featured as a Spotlight Case in the ATLA Law Reporter. Read More