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Hodgson Russ attorneys Ryan J. Lucinski and Patrick J. Hines successfully handled an appeal that places focus on the requirement of a causal connection between violation of Labor Law § 240(1) and the plaintiff’s alleged injury. Hodgson Russ represented a construction firm in a personal injury lawsuit filed by a worker who tripped and fell on a site run by the firm. The plaintiff claimed he was working on a slab of concrete several feet high, when he tripped over demolition debris, causing major injury to his ankle. He then fell from the slab, suffering minor injuries to his knee and back. After discovery, the trial court granted summary judgment dismissing all claims related to the ankle injury, including a Labor Law § 240(1) claim, because there was no causal relationship between any alleged statutory violation and the ankle injury. The Appellate Division, Fourth Department unanimously affirmed the trial court’s decision.