A man who suffered a 70-foot rooftop fall and left paralyzed was awarded $43 million by a jury. The plaintiff was on the roof of an building in Brooklyn, NY and in the darkness, he was unable to see a gap between apartment buildings. He stepped right into that gap and fell nearly 70 feet to the ground below. He survived the fall but his spine suffered irreversible damage and left him paralyzed.
The attorney who represented the plaintiff in his personal injury case which was filed against the building developer who built the apartment building. During the trial, the attorney referenced a law which requires all rooftops which may be used for entertainment to have a ten-foot high fence around the edge. At the time of the accident, there was no fence in place.
The jury awarded the plaintiff $2.7 million for past damages and $41 million for future expenses that are expected.