Alabama Supreme Court Overturns $12.6M Verdict in Workplace Accident Case

March 22, 2016

The Alabama Supreme Court has overturned a $12.6 million judgment in a lawsuit resulting from a workplace accident.

The justices sided with Dothan-based South Alabama Brick Co. in a decision released Friday.

A Mobile County court returned the judgment against South Alabama Brick after a worker, Benito Perez, fell through a skylight while working on the roof of a company warehouse in Mobile in 2010.

The opinion says Perez suffered catastrophic injuries when he plunged more than 20 feet.

But the justices ruled that the brick company didn’t have a legal duty to warn workers of the danger of being on the roof. They threw out the award.

The multimillion-dollar judgment also went against Conner Roofing, which hired a work crew that included Perez. The court says Conner didn’t appeal.

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