Zeng Guang Lin, a 26-year-old Chinese immigrant, was awarded $62 million by a jury in Queens in a personal injury lawsuit in 2008. Lin, who was working for Hutch Realty at the time of the accident, was not provided a safety harness while working on a roof for his construction job. As a result, he fell 20 feet off the roof without any harness to keep him in place, falling on his head and sustaining severe brain damage.
The $62 million payout is a huge amount that shows just how much the court believed the construction firm to be at fault in the accident. Almost the entirety of the award was granted to Lin to compensate him for his pain and suffering, as well as medical expenses and future medical costs to help him in his recovery from the injury.
Brain injuries can be extremely serious, with lifelong impacts. They can prevent a person from being able to return to work, or even live their life normally. Some people who suffer severe traumatic brain injuries require daily assistance for even the simplest tasks that most people take for granted. Furthermore, they could place the victim at risk of early onset dementia and a degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Construction companies have a responsibility to make sure that all of their employees have the proper training and safety equipment so that they can perform their jobs without having to worry about the sort of accident that Lin suffered. By failing to provide Lin with a safety harness, Hutch Realty was grossly negligent in this duty and directly responsible for his severe injury.
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