Our client, a 37-year-old construction worker, was working on a bridge as a subcontractor. He was hired to chip out designated weak or hollow parts of the concrete roadway using a jackhammer. While pounding the bridge concrete with a 90-pound jackhammer, it penetrated through the entire deck leaving a gaping hole. Fearing he would plunge through the hole, he reflexively pulled back on the jackhammer, snapping his neck with the violent motion. He sustained neck and back injuries which required surgery and the use of a plastic brace to protect his spine. His inability to return to work resulted in severe depression for which he was hospitalized for eight days. He takes daily pain medication as a result of the accident. The case settled, following jury selection, for $1,500,000 for past and future pain and suffering.