We received a successful settlement for a 45-year-old shipyard worker in a claim we filed against a third party contractor who failed to properly secure a work area. The contractor had removed a floor plate on a vessel and did not barricade the walkway. Our client was walking backward pulling a cable and fell through the improperly marked opening in the deck of the vessel.He hit his back on the edge of the missing floor plate causing multiple injuries down his spine. He had to get a thoraco-lumbar fusion and attended physical therapy for several months before and after his surgery. The doctor gave him a severe disability rating stating that the pain from his injuries affected all areas of his life. In addition to his physical injuries, our client suffered from an Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood and, as a result, had difficulty sleeping, eating, and concentrating, among other issues. Our client was in no place to continue working at a shipyard. We consulted with a vocations expert who agreed that he would be unable to perform the same duties as before. The company initially objected that the accident had even occurred, but in the end, the company was held liable for the contractor’s failing to maintain a safe workspace. Our client received the compensation that he deserved for his injuries and was able to pick up the pieces and go back to work doing something else.