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Two men Injured in Will County Jail Expansion Project Receive $6 Million Settlement

In October of 2007, two construction workers were injured when a floor at the Will County Jail expansion project collapsed. This past week, settlements for the men were finalized.

Ramiro Zavala and Joshua Comer were pouring concrete on the 3rd level of the jail’s expansion project. Instead of being able to finish the job they had just started, both men fell more than 20 feet when the steel deck they were standing on collapsed. Other supports and concrete fell along with the two men.

Zavala, 36 at the time, suffered a broken pelvis and underwent back surgery. Comer, 29 at the time, had a broken femur and wrist along with ankle and knee injuries. Neither man has been able to return to the construction field.

The two men filed suit in separate cases against Harbour Contractors; Waukegan Steel Sales, Inc., the deck supplier; and Cordeck Sales Inc., the deck installer. Zavala’s case was settled in April 2012 while Comer’s was settled this past week. Both men will receive $6 million a piece.

Work injuries can affect a person’s ability to work again in their chosen field. If you or a loved one knows someone who has been injured on the job, call Spiros Wall at (815) 929-9292 to explore that person’s legal rights.