It was reported last week in the New York Jury Verdict Review that a 44 year old laborer working on a rolling scaffold fell 6 feet onto the sidewalk suffering injuries to his ankle, cervical and thoracic spine. This action was filed by plaintiff, Ivan Dorador against Trump Palace Condominium (Trump), claiming that he was not provided proper safety equipment to prevent the scaffold from slipping. Trump settled with Mr. Dorador prior to trial on October 4, 2016.
Mr. Dorador had successfully argued for the application of New York's scaffold law, Labor Law 240 (1). In April 2014 a New York County Supreme Court Justice ruled, as a matter of law, that Trump was responsible for the accident leaving the amount of compensation for a jury to determine. The purpose of New York's scaffold law is to protect worker's from specialized hazards presented by gravity related risks. Trump unsuccessfully appealed to the Appellate Division, First Department which on March 24, 2015, upheld the lower court ruling on the applicability of Labor Law 240 (1). The case was scheduled for trial - but then settled for $2,900,000. See, 1000 WL 285275--Sup Ct., New York County-101992/09