James Lancaster prepares lawsuit after injury in casino collapse - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Alexandria man prepares lawsuit after injury in casino collapse


A construction worker injured when a floor collapsed at Cincinnati's Horseshoe Casino last January says he plans to file a lawsuit.

James Lancaster, 46, suffered a broken back when the floor gave way.

"This has been horrible. This has been a nightmare," said Lancaster.

As many as 20 workers were injured at the site when bolts holding a support beam gave way. Messer Construction and several other companies were fined for failure to coordinate inspections and failure to support the structural steel.

Messer Construction is the lead contractor on the casino project and under state law sub contractors are not entitled to full worker's compensation benefits.

"What about the suffering and pain?" asked Lancaster, who, due to his injury, can only work a 20 hour week and is making 66 percent of what he was bringing home before the accident.

His lawsuit will seek damages.

 "I wouldn't set a number," said Lancaster. "Just something where I can take care of my family where I use to jump out of bed and go to work, now I have to roll out of bed and roll to the medicine cabinet."

Messer Construction Company contacted FOX19 by email and took a position that is very common under the circumstances.

Messer will not comment on a lawsuit until one is actually filed and their attorneys have a chance to review the claims against them.

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