Ventura v. Sheraton Hotels
Sprinkler Fitter Paid $850,000 for Orthopedic Injuries
Joseph Ventura was a sprinkler fitter working on the construction of the
Sheraton Hotel at the L.A. airport. Mr. Ventura was driving a scissors
lift down an aisle way, standing on the platform while working on the
The front wheel of the scissors lift hit a defect in the concrete floor,
causing the wheel to suddenly drop and the lift to tilt, dumping Mr. Ventura
15 feet to the ground, where he suffered multiple fractures to his legs
Biren Law Group established that during the concrete pour, a Styrofoam
square had been left in the floor to block the concrete and create an
outlet for electrical conduits. The concrete was supposed to be poured
around the Styrofoam, but instead, had been spread over it, creating a
thin (approximately 1/8 inch) concrete veneer and an illusion of a solid
floor. Not realizing there was a defect, J.V. drove the lift over the
area and it crushed the Styrofoam, causing the lift to dramatically tilt.
The defendants settled for $850,000, providing J.V. with deserved compensation.