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A worker who fractured several vertebrae in an on-the-job fall was awarded $7.68 million on Jan. 15 in Schultz v. Atlas Homes LLC.

The jury’s apportionment of some liability to the plaintiff reduced the sum, though the plaintiff now is seeking interest, fees and costs.

According to the plaintiff’s lawyer and electronic court documents, on April 27, 2015, plaintiff Duane Schultz was working at a residential construction site in Spotswood for a subcontractor to defendant Atlas Homes, the North Brunswick-based builder that owned the property and the general contractor at the site. While working on the second floor, Schultz fell backwards off the building, about 20 feet, said Schultz’s lawyer, James Pagliuca of Gill & Chamas in Woodbridge.

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David Gialanella

David Gialanella, Managing Editor of Regional Brands, has been with ALM since 2010, covering business of law, litigation, legislation, and more. He manages the New Jersey Law Journal and oversees all of ALM's regional brands. Reach him at [email protected]

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Charles Toutant is a litigation writer for the New Jersey Law Journal.

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