A 29-year-old carpenter who was rendered permanently disabled following a 30-foot fall
at a construction site has filed a personal injury claim against the contractor for whom he was working and others involved with the construction project.
Lawyers with the high powered Philadelphia personal injury firm of Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, filed the civil action Aug. 15 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Ronald Husser, who resides in West Deptford, N.J.
The suit claims that on Aug. 17, 2012, Husser, then 29 years old, fell 30 feet into an excavated construction site, hitting a concrete floor, then falling an additional five feet to the soil, resulting in “serious and life threatening injuries.”
At the time of the incident, Husser had been checking fasteners to assure the formwork could withstand concrete being poured into it, according to the complaint.
Husser was making last minute adjustments, all the while using a safety harness, but protruding rebar made it difficult for him to move from eye hole to eye hole with his gear, the lawsuit states, and the fall occurred after Husser failed at attempting to secure handhold during his maneuvering.
The lawsuit says that Husser, who was conscious and alert after his fall, had to be pulled out of the excavation by emergency responders using a fire department ladder truck and basket.
Husser was then transported to Doylestown Hospital after which he was airlifted to Temple University Hospital in downtown Philadelphia.
The suit claims Husser arrived at Temple more than three hours after his fall.
The incident had occurred at the site of the Cancer Institute construction in Doylestown, Bucks County.
The defendants named in the lawsuit are Ulma Form Works Inc., Ulma C Y E, S. Coop, Norwood-McManus A Joint Venture LLC, The Norwood Co., John S. McManus Inc., Anchor Health Properties LLC, Anchor Bucks LLC, and Doylestown MOB II L.P.
As a result of his fall, Husser sustained multiple spinal and other fractures, a concussion and severe lacerations, the complaint states.
Husser had to undergo two “invasive” surgeries, he was hospitalized for 10 days, he had to wear a back brace and he had to take powerful medication, including morphine for a period of time, the suit says.
Husser also had to undergo physical and occupational therapy several times a week for more than six months.
The lawsuit contains counts of strict liability and negligence against the various defendants.
Husser seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus interest, costs and attorneys fees.
A jury trial has been demanded.
The case ID number is 120801424.