Brooklyn Housekeeper Caused to Fall Because of Defective Sidewalk Condition in Front of N.Y.C.H.A.

WRSH associate Joseph Stoduto was able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $250,000 on behalf of a seventy-one year old retired housekeeper from Brooklyn. The woman was walking along the public sidewalk in front of a N.Y.C.H.A. housing development when she was caused to trip and fall due the existence of an extended area of cracked, broken and uneven sidewalk. As a result of the accident, our client suffered a torn patellar tendon and other injuries to her right knee which required surgery. Joseph hired an experienced forensic engineer to conduct a site inspection and was able to determine with clear and convincing scientific evidence that the sidewalk in question was in violation of numerous legal standards including the New York City Department of Transportation Highway Rules.

Joseph was further able to prove that the condition which caused our client's accident was in existence for a significantly long period of time prior to the accident such that the defendant should have become aware of it and taken some type of remedial action to repair it, but that they failed to do so. Joseph also utilized several medical experts to bolster our client's claims and help demonstrate the significance of our client's injuries. After extensive litigation, Joseph was able to settle the case on the eve of trial for the amount of $250,000.

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