This labor law action litigated by Mark Freeley was settled at mediation for $700,000 in addition to a waiver of a $90,000 worker’s compensation lien. The plaintiff, a 53-year-old steamfitter, slipped and fell in a puddle of water at a construction site. As a result of the fall he re-injured his lower back. Prior to the accident the plaintiff had injured his neck and back and had undergone spine surgery for both. Plaintiff claimed an aggravation of the prior injury requiring an additional surgery. Plaintiff also claimed an inability to work. The defendants claimed that at least half of the plaintiff’s disability was due to prior injuries. Defendants also claimed that plaintiff was aware of the puddle and should have avoided it.