When trying a product liability claim involving a construction scaffold, having an attorney who is also a card-carrying member of the carpenter’s union on the case proved helpful to a Philadelphia plaintiffs’ firm.

After a seven-day negligence and strict liability trial in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, a jury awarded $2.7 million to a union construction worker who fell six feet and suffered a severe ankle injury when a scaffold gave way in October 1996.

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