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First lawsuit for injuries caused by Ohio casino collapse

In January the deck of a Cincinnati casino collapsed during construction, injuring 13 workers. Now one of those workers, a subcontractor, is filing the first lawsuit based on the accident, suing the casino for negligence.

The man was pouring concrete when the floor underneath him collapsed. He fell more than 30 feet after a beam supporting the deck he was working on gave way. His was the most serious of the injuries sustained in the accident.

He broke two bones in his back and had to spend three months in bed recovering from the accident. After months of recovery and rehabilitation, including a back brace and part-time work, the accident still affects his life and his ability to make ends meet.

Currently the construction company that employed the man has a waiver from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation protecting them from liability for injuries to subcontractors like him. His attorney plans to challenge that waiver in court.

Employers who create unsafe conditions at a work site, whether by action or negligence, may be held liable if an employee sustains an injury caused by those conditions. These accidents can result in damages for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses, among others.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in an accident at work or on unsafe property caused by someone else's negligence it may be wise to speak with a personal injury attorney experienced in similar matters. They can help you review your case, pursue any appropriate claims and get back to your life.

Source: KyPost.com, "Casino collapse victim to file lawsuit," Bryce Anslinger, Oct. 23, 2012

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