As lead attorney, Kurt Arnold helped represent a construction superintendent whose leg was amputated in an above-the-knee procedure following severe crush injuries sustained in a crane accident. Our client was a 31-year-old man who had been working on a construction job in Houston, TX at the time of the incident. A crane operator had been working to unstick the auger when the crane collapsed. Prior to the collapse, the crane operator had attempted to stop the job at least five separate times; however, the superintendent had refused.
Our client had been standing behind a safety fence approximately 100 feet from the auger when he was struck by a piece of equipment that pinned him to the ground. After a crane lifted the equipment off of our client, he was taken to a local hospital where the amputation was performed. Over a three week trial, Kurt showed that several safety practices had been violated in an attempt to save both money and time on the project. In the end, the jury awarded $44 million to the client and his family, which included $8.5 million in punitive damages.
This case was listed #43 in The National Law Journal's Top 100 Verdicts of 2015.