Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP is proud to announce that we’ve secured a $4 million settlement for one of our personal injury clients.

In January of 2010, plumber Benny Mitchell was working at a renovation site in Brooklyn. Benny suffered a serious injury one morning when a 200 pound over-head duct fell and struck him. Investigation found that the accident was caused by co-workers cutting suspension wires holding the up the duct. That same morning, the renovation site had another duct falling incident that nearly injured another worker just minutes before Benny was hurt. Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP was able to prove that the site violated New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations about over-head construction hazards.

Benny Mitchell sued the City of New York (the renovation site’s owner), the New York City Department of Administrative Services (the agency who commissioned the renovation), the New York City Department of Design and Construction (the renovation’s general contractor), and several other private contractors. His suit claimed that New York labor law violations and negligent supervision at the renovation site led to his injury.

In the accident, Benny suffered three fractured vertebrae, a herniated disc, a concussion, and brain damage that impaired his memory and concentration. After several surgeries and lengthy physical therapy, Benny still lives with chronic pain, issues with neck motion, and on-going memory and concentration issues. Benny’s claim secured compensation for his medical expenses, lost wages, and his pain and suffering. The settlement was reached the day jury selection for his personal injury trial was set to begin.

Anyone injured at a construction or renovation site should be kept safe from injuries like those Benny Mitchell suffered. If you or a loved one are ever injured on the job, contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney. Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP can be reached at (212) 986- 7353.


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