These are three consolidated cases of employees who were all injured while they were performing tasks directly related to their employment. The only question raised in these cases is whether or not the employees here have suffered grave injury; that is, whether they suffered a brain injurythat results in permanent total disability. The question of what can be considered a permanent total disability has to be defined.
In the first case a Bronx ironworker fell about 19 feet to the ground. He was standing on a ladder installing a steel cupola. He was an employee of an iron works company which was then rendering iron works for a night club. The ironworker hit his head and sustained a brain injury.
He filed a suit in damages under the Worker’s Compensation Law against his employer, iron works company and the night club which hired the iron works company.