Evidence Video’s work helped attorneys reach a $75 million global settlement for 10 victims of a deadly scaffolding accident at the John Hancock Building in Chicago. Evidence Video produced Settlement Documentaries about two women who were crushed and killed when the scaffolding fell onto their car. The scaffolding had not been properly secured, and there were high winds when the incident happened.
Both of the women’s mothers were in the back seat of the car and witnessed their daughters’ deaths. The mothers survived, but one suffered serious injuries. Evidence Video produced a Progressive Video about her in the immediate wake of her injury, and throughout her recovery.
“Had daily weather reports, fundamental safety practices and mere common sense been followed, this catastrophe could have been avoided,” said Thomas Demetrio, one of the lead attorneys in the lawsuit. “The real tragedy is that the responsible parties knew that the equipment was poorly engineered and, nevertheless, allowed it to hang from the 42nd floor after a wind advisory had been issued by the National Weather Service.