John Rooney, 51, was performing masonry work on the Longfellow Bridge when he fell 5 feet through a 2-foot gap in the scaffolding. He fell onto a pile of concrete debris.
Three weeks later, he was diagnosed with disk herniation in his lumbar and cervical spinal regions. Rooney underwent seven surgeries; he continues to experience chronic pain that affects his daily activities.
In addition, Rooney suffers from nerve damage to his bladder and bowels, resulting in incontinence. Rooney had earned $79 per hour, but he is now disabled and cannot work.