With a Philadelphia, Pa. jury trial scheduled to begin today to determine whether AT&T and other defendants were negligent and contributed to a tower technician falling 50 feet to the ground and causing him to sustain severe and permanent injuries, the carrier agreed to a $30 million settlement, the largest recorded payment in the U.S. to an injured wireless infrastructure worker, according to Wireless Estimator’s tracking of industry lawsuits
The June 15, 2013 incident in Allentown Pa. left Thomas Jeglum, then 23, in a coma for months and with multiple injuries, including a permanent traumatic brain injury and numerous fractures to his pelvis, spine, arm and legs.
According to a statement from Jeglum’s law firm, Kline & Specter, PC of Philadelphia, Jeglum remains in a full-time neurorehabilitation facility in California.
Among defendants in the case were AT&T Mobility LLC and NCW PCS LLC, both direct or indirect subsidiaries of AT&T, and BTE/BT Engineering entities. The lawsuit alleged that AT&T knew of preventable hazards at the tower, specifically that there was no safety climb device and the step brackets were temporary and should not have used for access, but failed to do anything to remedy or warn of them.