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Dana Zimbardi, an Eden bricklayer who suffered career-ending neck and back injuries while helping renovate Frontier Central High School in Hamburg, has accepted a $2.1 million insurance settlement in his unsafe-workplace lawsuit, his attorney said.

Attorney Jeffrey A. Perla said the settlement offer by a carrier for the Frontier Central School District and Summit Construction Group of Lancaster, general contractor for the job, came after three days of testimony before State Supreme Court Justice Frank A. Sedita Jr. and a Buffalo jury.

Zimbardi was carrying tools across the roof of the Bay View Road school when he fell through an unsecured and unmarked rooftop skylight, Perla said. He fell 12 feet into a boys locker room at about 4:30 p.m. Aug. 20, 2002, the attorney said.

Zimbardi was hospitalized for five days for treatment of neck and back injuries that will require surgery, Perla said. He has been out of work since the accident, according to Perla, who said Zimbardi would have to get a sedentary job.

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