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Corboy & Demetrio Obtains $7.5 Million for Family of Construction Worker Killed in Fall off Balcony

Corboy & Demetrio has obtained a $7.5 million settlement on behalf of the family of Scott Liszkiewicz, an electrician who was installing lighting on a balcony at an apartment complex in Bellwood, Illinois, and fell to his death after another worker left the guardrail unsecured.

Mr. Liszkiewicz, 50, was installing light fixtures on a second-floor balcony of a maintenance building of the Prairie View Apartments, which were undergoing renovations on Nov. 18, 2014, when another construction worker removed the balcony’s rail in order to install siding.  The worker went to lunch instead of immediately reattaching the rail, which appeared to be secured.  

Mr. Liszkiewicz suffered head and spinal cord injuries in the two-story fall and died three weeks later.

“It was obvious from the beginning that Scott’s wife Angie was determined to do what she could do to ease his excruciating pain of his catastrophic injuries all the while knowing it was only matter of time until he would pass in the hospital and not in his home.  My heart went out to her and their son Nicholas. We were determined to make sure the two of them would be taken care of to the best of our abilities,” said Philip Corboy, Jr., a Partner at Corboy & Demetrio, which represents the Estate.

The lawsuit named as defendants, CRG Residential, LLC, a Carmel, Indiana subcontractor; and CRG’s subcontractor RC Schwartz, which was hired to remove and replace siding.  In addition, Urban Innovations owned the project site and retained CRG Residential as its general contractor.

”This senseless tragedy, exemplified by a triad of construction site blunders, took away the life of a loving husband, father and breadwinner.  Miscommunications and sloppy work practices between the two defendants produced this fatality, which was clearly avoidable,” said Corboy & Demetrio Partner Edward G. Willer, who along with William T. Gibbs, also represented the Estate.

Case No. 15C4088, Angela Liszkiewicz, Administrator of Estate of Scott Liszkiewicz v. CRG Residential, LLC, Chris R.C. Schwartz doing business as RC Construction; U.S. Northern District Judge John J. Tharp, Jr. approved the settlement on Dec. 12, 2017.

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