Worksite Fall Case

Murray v. P&C Construction Co. et al., Multnomah County Case No. 18CV32214

Plaintiff Murray was a crane operator working for a contractor on a construction project in Lake Oswego. Defendant P&C was designated by the contractor to supervise workplace safety, as was required in the prime contract. There was anticipated bad weather On December 14, 2016, but P&C did not shut down the worksite even though snow and ice had accumulated. Plaintiff Murray fell on the ice and tore the labrum of his right shoulder, which required surgical repair. He alleged that the injury resulted in a permanent limitation in his shoulder range of motion. He sought $45,528.40 for past medical expenses, $101,836.80 for lost wages, $42,000 for lost fringe benefits and $500,000 for non-economic damages.

P&C denied liability and claimed that Murray was at fault for failing to keep a lookout and failing to avoid dangerous conditions on the job site.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Jeffrey Mutnick
Defense Counsel – Ryan McClellan
Verdict – $255,850 (after 30% reduction for comparative negligence)
Date – February 28, 2020

March 23, 2020

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