CHICAGO – A Cook County man is suing a construction company and local health care provider, alleging they provided faulty work equipment that caused his injuries from an 8-foot fall.

William F. Hooten and his wife, Lisa R. Hooten, filed a lawsuit on Jan. 11 in Cook County Circuit Court against Power Construction Company LLC, doing business as Power VIP LLC; Power Construction Co.; Integrated Facilities Solutions Inc.; Northshore University Health System, doing business as Skokie Hospital; and Eckenhoff Saunders Architects Inc. The suit alleges negligence and personal injury liability.

According to the complaint, William Hooten, a union laborer for Spray Insulations Inc., was hired to apply foam insulation at the Skokie Hospital jobsite on Dec. 30, 2011. When he discovered the provided ladder was unsafe, his supervisor allegedly sent him and another worker home.

The suit says Hooten returned to work approximately a week later and used another ladder that appeared safe; however, he was  thrown to a concrete floor 8 feet below when the ladder’s allegedly cracked spreader bar gave way. Hooten alleges Power Construction and the other defendants are responsible for his injuries because they had a duty to provide safe equipment at the worksite.

The Hootens seek a jury trial and damages of more than $50,000. They are represented by Debra M. Byrnes of the Law Offices of Debra M. Byrnes in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 2016-L000275

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