$3.8M Settlement to Man Severely Hurt By Faulty Door in Skyscraper

August 24th, 2018

Personal injury in Philly skyscraper

By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq.


As he walked through a doorway from an outside service balcony on the roof of the Aramark Tower skyscraper in Philadelphia in May of 2015, an assistant building engineer was severely injured when a faulty outside door was blown by a strong gust of wind behind him, forcing him to violently crash into a large concrete building support beam.

The victim, Timothy May, has reached a $3.8 million settlement with the owners and management of the 32-story building to compensate him for his debilitating back and neck injuries, which have left him permanently disabled, according to an Aug. 2 story by The Legal Intelligencer.

May sued the defendants, Girard Estate Fee and Girard Estate Leasehold, as well as Kennedy-Wilson Pennsylvania Management, which managed the building, in connection with his injuries, alleging that several devices attached to the door to protect against it being caught by wind gusts were not working, according to a pre-trial memo described in the story.

“According to the memo, the devices failed because they were never inspected or maintained,” the story reported. “May also argued that the beam was unsafe because it should have been protected with padding.”

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May’s premises liability lawsuit also alleged that the defendants were negligent and the door constituted a dangerous condition inside the building.

The victim, who was 35 at the time of the incident, suffered a concussion and neck injuries that required two surgeries, including a cervical fusion as a result of the door issues. May now walks with a cane since he was injured and has been unable to return to work.

May had taken an elevator worker to the roof to fix an elevator and was hurt when he was attempting to walk back through the rooftop door and get back into the building, the story reported.

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