WORKER'S CLAIM FOR CONTRACTING LEUKEMIA FROM TOXINS AT WORKSITE DISMISSED

Court: Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York

Case: Dylan Stephens v. Skanska USA Building, Inc.

Date: Feb. 16, 2012

From: New York attorney Gary E. Rosenberg (personal injury and accident attorney and lawyer; serving Queens; Queens accident attorney)

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Milton A. Tingling, J.), entered August 6, 2010, which granted defendants Skanska USA Building, Inc. and Skanska USA Construction Services, Inc.'s (defendants) motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint as against them, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

Defendants established that they did not have notice of an unsafe environment or dangerous condition at the site where plaintiff worked from February 2005 through July 2005 (see Rajkumar v. Budd Contr. Corp., 77 A.D.3d 595, 596, 909 N.Y.S.2d 453 [2010]). The reports they submitted by environmental assessment entities that conducted testing at the site years before and after plaintiff worked there indicate that, where toxins or contaminants were present, they fell "well below hazardous levels."

Defendants also established that plaintiff did not suffer an exacerbation or accelerated progression of his chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) as a result of his exposure to conditions at the site. Plaintiff's own medical records demonstrate that his CML was in "complete hematologic remission" as of March 2006.

Plaintiff failed to present evidence that raised an inference either that defendants had notice of an unsafe environment or dangerous condition at the site or that he was injured as a consequence of working at the site.

We have considered plaintiff's remaining contentions and find them unavailing.

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