TF Cornerstone ordered to pay $26M to accident victim

Sean Dowdell lost a leg after falling 20 feet at TFC's Queens West development

New York /
Nov.November 03, 2015 09:43 AM

Sean Dowdell was awarded $26 million to be paid by TF Cornerstone as compensation for a 2012 accident in which the construction worker fell from a scaffold and lost a leg.




Behind the story:

TF Cornerstone

A Manhattan Supreme Court jury granted Dowdell $6 million for past pain and suffering, $11 million for medical expenses, $3.5 million for lost earnings and $5.5 million for future pain and suffering.

Dowdell, 32, had 10 surgeries on his leg in the aftermath of the accident, but doctors were still forced to amputate, the New York Post reported.

He was employed by TFC at its $1.4 billion, six-building Queens West Development Site On Center Boulevard in Long Island City. Dowdell was working on an elevated deck when he stepped on a piece of plywood covering a hole. The plywood broke and Dowdell fell.

A judge overseeing the case said Dowdell’s “horrific” injury was likely the result of the developer’s failure to follow its own safety procedures.

There was another accident at the site in early 2013, when a crane collapsed at 46-10 Center Boulevard. Seven workers were injured.

TFC completed the project in 2014, announcing in September of that year that all 585 units at the 46-10 Center Boulevard had been rented.

A lawyer for TFC said the developer plans to appeal. [NYP]Ariel Stulberg


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
TF Cornerstone president Fredrick Elghanayan and 595 Dean Street (TF Cornerstone, rendering via MOSO Studio)
TF Cornerstone scores $385M loan for Prospect Heights apartment towers
TF Cornerstone scores $385M loan for Prospect Heights apartment towers
From top left: Andres Levine, Betty and Gil Guerra, Bonnie and David_Epstein, Brad Cohen, Claudio and Maria Obias-Bonnefoy, Edgar Gonzalez, Elaine Sabino
Surfside rescue mission frustrates condo victims’ loved ones
Surfside rescue mission frustrates condo victims’ loved ones
Champlain Tower South at 9301 Collins Avenue (Getty)
150 missing in deadly Surfside condo collapse: Here’s what we know
150 missing in deadly Surfside condo collapse: Here’s what we know
8777 Collins Avenue (Getty)
Surfside condo building collapse leaves at least one dead, more fatalities expected
Surfside condo building collapse leaves at least one dead, more fatalities expected
Renderings of 175 Park Avenue (Rendering via SOM)
Developers unveil plans for 1,600-foot tower at Grand Central
Developers unveil plans for 1,600-foot tower at Grand Central
City officials say inadequate support for a retaining wall led to the death of construction worker Jashim Mia. (NYPD via Twitter)
City identifies cause of fatal wall collapse in Brooklyn
City identifies cause of fatal wall collapse in Brooklyn
TF Cornerstone president Fredrick Elghanayan and an aerial of 54-01, 54-19 2nd Street in Long Island City (Credit: TF Cornerstone and Google Maps)
No Amazon, no problem: TF Cornerstone plans 1,400 apartments in LIC
No Amazon, no problem: TF Cornerstone plans 1,400 apartments in LIC
MCM President Jorge Munilla and a photo of the bridge collapse (Linkedin, Getty)
Contractor involved in deadly Miami bridge collapse alleges design firm botched review
Contractor involved in deadly Miami bridge collapse alleges design firm botched review
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...