Concrete Pumping Boom Collapses
Settlement on Eve of Trial for More Than $250,000.00

On May 3, 1994, Willie B. Johnson was doing what he knew how to do best and had done for the last 20 years of his life, which was to pour concrete. Willie worked for Warren Concrete Services for the last 30 years when one day a concrete pumping boom collapsed while he was spreading the concrete for the new University of Miami parking lot structure. The concrete pumping boom which was a dangerous and defective product was leased by the defendant, Biscayne Pump Sales & Equipment Rental, Inc., to Willie’s employer. Biscayne Pump Sales & Equipment Rental, Inc., was sued by Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A. for negligence and strict liability based on product liability laws.

Willie Johnson suffered a herniated disc when the concrete pumping boom collapsed and hit him on the back. Willie’s doctor said that he was unable to continue any type of work which involved heavy lifting and restricted him to work where he would not have to lift more than 20 pounds. Willie’s doctor also said that due to the nature of his herniation he did not think it would benefit Willie to perform any type of surgery on Willie’s back.

Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A. worked with several experts in the area of crane inspection, mechanical engineering and metallurgy to evaluate this case and prove that the leasing company was at fault for a defective weld which caused this accident.

The defendant fought this case “tooth and nail” claiming that they were simply a leasing company and were not responsible for what they claimed was a manufacturing defect.

A small offer was made at mediation and ultimately only several days before trial, the case was settled for over $250,000.00.