A plaintiff who sustained head and back injuries while inspecting the construction of an addition to his home recently settled with three defendant contractors for a total of $2 million. Plaintiff was inspecting his Upper Saddle River, NJ home after construction of an addition had begun when he stepped on a piece of plywood covering an open shaft. The resulting fall caused plaintiff to suffer a lumbar compression fracture requiring fusion surgery and a later revision procedure. Plaintiff also sustained a concussion and was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. The lawsuit named all contractors performing work at the site who were responsible for maintaining the safety of the premises. The case settled prior to trial.