6.5 Million Dollar Settlement Paid By Insurers Cna & Aig For 39 Year Old Worker Injured On Construction Site

Today, Cook County Judge Richard J. Elrod approved a settlement in the amount of $6,500,000.00 for the benefit of Carlos Galindo who was seriously injured after being pinned between a 12,000 pound steel excavation box and a load of sewer pipe in July of 2002. On July 30, 2002, Carlos Galindo was working as a union laborer for a sewer installation subcontractor during the construction of the Hyundai distribution plant in Aurora, Illinois. Defendant, Clayco Construction Inc., was the general contractor for the construction project and had hired Mr. Galindo’s employer on the project. Mr. Galindo was injured when one of the chains being used to hoist and move the trench box slipped through a connecting hook causing the trench box to tip over onto the workmen. Mr. Galindo was struck in the head and back by the trench box and his body was trapped between the trench box and a load of sewer pipe. Following the occurrence, Mr. Galindo was taken by ambulance to Provena Medical Center and then airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital due to the severity of his injuries. As a result of the occurrence, Mr. Galindo suffered internal injuries and a fractured right shoulder blade which severed the nerves controlling his right arm. In addition, Mr. Galindo suffered a fractured tibia and fibula requiring multiple surgical interventions. Mr. Galindo currently has no feeling in his right arm but is able to write and drive using his left arm.

Attorneys for the Galindo family, Donald J. Nolan, Thomas P. Routh and Paul R. Borth, of Nolan Law Group; alleged that Clayco Construction, Inc., as general contractor on the jobsite, failed to properly supervise the hoisting of the trench box and failed to enforce its own safety rules for lifting and crane use. It was further alleged that as one in Acontrol@ of the work under the Restatement (Torts) Second ‘ 414; Clayco Construction, Inc., failed to stop the work when it knew or should have known that the lifting operation was unsafe and posed a danger to the laborers on the construction site.

Nolan Law Group is a Chicago based personal injury law firm concentrating in aviation accidents, construction accidents, brain injury litigation, medical malpractice, premises liability, product liability, and trucking accidents. Clayco Construction Inc. was represented by Peter G. Skiko, Larry Helms and Meredith Gaffke of Swanson, Martin & Bell, Chicago, Illinois.