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Former welder awarded $6 million in lawsuit

BUFFALO — A Silver Creek man has won a major settlement in an injury lawsuit.

On Monday, a Buffalo jury of two men and four women awarded over $6,000,000 in damages to a 47-year-old Lee Signs.

The verdict came after a two-and-a-half-week trial before New York Supreme Court Justice Tracy Bannister.

Signs, a former welder, was injured on Aug. 31, 2006, when he fell from scaffolding at a job site on Lafayette Avenue in Buffalo. Signs sustained serious injuries to his neck and back in the accident, and will never be employable again, his attorneys, Joy Ellen Miserendino and Colin Campbell said.

At the time of the accident, Signs and his employer, D&G Welding, were working on a project to rehabilitate a large apartment complex. He initially attempted to continue working but was eventually taken out of work and has undergone two surgeries, according to his lawyers.

The owner and general contractor of the project, David D. Crawford, had previously been found liable for the accident by the Appellate Division, Fourth Department in Rochester pursuant to the New York State Scaffold Law. Despite that ruling, Crawford’s insurance carrier, Allegany Cooperative, never offered more than $200,000 to settle the action, Signs’s attorneys said.

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