Attorney Brielle Goldfaden of Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP recently won a $100,000 verdict for her client, a victim of a trip-and-fall that led to a serious knee injury on August 6, 2007. The case, Vidor v. 6 Jones Street Associates, revolved around a 54-year-old bus driver who fell in the lobby of an apartment building in the West Village after loose tiles on the floor shifted beneath his feet.
Goldfaden’s case for the victim claimed that the owners of the building were negligent in maintaining the premises and were aware of the dangerous tiles, which led to a hazardous condition. The floor tiles in the lobby had become loose and unstable due to deterioration and two of them completely slipped out of their sockets beneath the victim’s feet.
The defendants claimed that they were not aware of the hazards, despite the superintendent inspecting the building shortly before the accident. However, the court still found the case in favor of the injured victim.
The fall resulted in the victim suffering a tear in his right knee’s lateral meniscus and a complex parrot beak tear in the medial meniscus, which resulted in residual chondromalacia. He underwent arthroscopic surgery, a meniscetomy, and physical therapy to heal and cope with the injury. The trauma also caused him to miss approximately 16 weeks of work and continue to suffer residual pain and limitations.
The jury found that the defendants were liable for a total of $100,000 in losses for pain and suffering, plus an additional $10,400 for lost earnings from being injured.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a slip- or trip-and-fall accident caused by someone else’s negligence, do not wait to get in contact with the NY slip and fall accident lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP by calling (212) 986-7353. We can help you protect your rights and wellbeing through recovery from your devastating losses.