Workplace accident at casino spurs lawsuit against subcontractor

Jon Campisi Sep. 19, 2011, 6:26am

A New Jersey man who was working for a subcontractor at an Atlantic City casino last spring when he allegedly injured himself on the job has filed a personal injury claim against the company that he says is responsible for the workplace accident.

Philadelphia attorney Wayne A. Schaible, of the firm McCann, Schaible & Wall, LLC, filed the civil action Sept. 13 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Jerome Askew of Sicklerville, N.J.

The defendants named in the suit are Stone Concrete, Inc. and Stone Concrete At Revel, Inc. of Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

According to the complaint, Askew was employed as a glacier by a window subcontractor at the Revel Hotel and Casino one day in early March 2010 when he tripped and fell over a piece of rebar that had allegedly been left in a poorly lit area of the worksite.

Askew suffered various physical injuries as a result of his fall, including a “massive full thickness tear” of his right rotator cuff necessitating surgery, traumatic joint arthritis, arthrofibrosis and inflammation of the right shoulder, left groin strain, hernia and other tears, the suit claims.

Furthermore, the complaint alleges, Askew is expected to have sustained permanent range-of-motion loss in his right shoulder, as well as permanent hernia and groin issues.

The lawsuit claims that Askew has been “disabled from his normal employment, vocations and avocations,” that he has sustained substantial pain and suffering, mental anguish and a loss of life’s pleasures, and that he may be required to spend additional monies on surgery and medical attention in the future.

The complaint accuses the defendants of negligence for failing to inspect, discover, place in containers and remove any rebar debris during the course of construction, failing to keep the worksite free of rebar debris, failing to warn other contractors of the presence of rebar remnants or debris in the work area, and being otherwise negligent.

Askew demands judgment against the defendants in an amount in excess of $50,000, plus other relief deemed appropriate by the court.

The plaintiff is demanding a jury trial.

The case number is 110900977.

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