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Injured Construction Worker Awarded Over $4.3 Million

A jury recently awarded over $4.3 million in damages to a construction worker injured on the job.  He was placing a sewer line in a trench lined with metal plates.  While he was working, the trench collapsed and he was pinned under a heavy metal plate.  He sustained serious injuries including ruptured spleen and pancreas, collapsed lung, broken bones, and disfigurement and is now disabled from work.  Attorneys successfully showed that the construction company was negligent in failing to support the trench so that it would not collapse.  The Texas jury found that the company's trench safety measures were not adequate, and decided in favor of the injured construction worker.