Posted On: May 3, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Workers Compensation Law Firm: 12 Employees Injured as Dallas Cowboys Practice Stadium Roof Collapses

12 people working at the Dallas Cowboys practice stadium were injured on Saturday when 64 mph winds caused the roof of the tent-like structure to collapse. About 70 people were in the stadium during the rookie minicamp when the accident happened, including players, coaches, media, and team personnel. Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis was among the people who got hurt. DeCamillis broke a couple of vertebrae but is expected to recover following surgery.

Another Dallas Cowboys employee, scouting assistant Rich Behm is reportedly paralyzed from the waist down. His spine was severed during the accident. On Saturday night, assistant athletic trainer Greg Gaither underwent surgery to repair a fracture in his right leg to his tibia and fibula.

Other injuries sustained by other victims include an open fracture under the knee, a head injury, and someone was impaled with metal. Some 60 people escaped the roof collapse with bruises and cuts. There were about 70 people in the minicamp when the structure fell.

Fortunately, a lot of people received warning that there was something wrong with the roof when the lights started shaking. This caused people to try evacuating the facility, which may have saved many lives.

The building, which consisted of a 100-yard football field with a few yards of clearance around had a roof located 80-feet above the ground. One of the companies that took part in building the stadium is Summit Structures LLC. In 2006, a state court found that Summit was negligent when it designed and built a building that fell in 2003 following a snowstorm.

If you were injured on the job during an Illinois work accident, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for your injuries.

Cowboys staffer paralyzed after accident,, May 2, 2009

Roof collapse injures a coach, 11 others at Cowboys' facility, USA Today, May 3, 2009

Cowboys assistant paralyzed after facility collapse,, May 3, 2009

Related Web Resource:
Dallas Cowboys Team Page

Workers' Compensation Overview, Justia

Contact our Chicago workers’ compensation law firm today.

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