A former AT&T contractor won a $30 million settlement against the company and its subsidiaries on May 23 to compensate him for the injuries he suffered during a 50-foot fall from a cellphone tower back on June 15, 2013.
According to Philadelphia Superior Court records originally filed in the case, the victim had climbed the cellphone tower located on the grounds of the Calvary Temple at 3400 Winchester Road. As he did, one of the rungs he relied on to safely connect his ladder to the tower became dislodged, causing him to plummet to the ground.
Court records show that the plaintiff remained hospitalized in a deep coma for several months after his fall. He eventually woke up from the coma and was able to marry the woman with whom he shared two kids. The family relocated to California soon thereafter.
In the lawsuit, it chronicled how the man continues to suffer long-term effects from his injuries. He contends that he still experiences both physical and cognitive impairments that leave him relying on full-time assistance from caregivers.
The settlement agreement was announced by both the man's attorney and an AT&T spokesperson. The victim's family has said that they are hopeful that the settlement will allow the man to receive first-class care for the remainder of his life.
As for AT&T, they have reiterated that they intended to continue performing extensive background checks and training for its employees and contractors. Its spokesperson also noted that they intend to continue inspecting their towers to ensure that they do their best to protect the safety of individuals working on them.
If you've been hurt on the job, then a Doylestown attorney can advise you of your rights to recover medical costs, lost wages and other damages in your case.
Source: Lehigh Valley Live, "$30M settlement for fall from cell tower in Lehigh County," Rudy Miller, May 23, 2018