A health care worker and her family repeatedly complained to their landlord about a torn and damaged carpet on the stairway leading from their apartment to the ground floor. The landlord promised to make repairs but never did. Unfortunately, the woman tripped on a rip in the carpet, fell down the stairs and broke her leg. The woman wanted to hold the landlord responsible and to collect compensation for the injury that his negligence caused. She called the Schlitt Law Firm to have Carol L. Schlitt represent her. After investigating and developing the case, The Schlitt Law Firm entered into intensive negotiations with the insurance company for the landlord and produced a settlement for $200,000. The woman was ecstatic with the results.
On a warm September morning, a Brooklyn mother went to work as a home health aide. At one point, she left her client’s apartment to go to the pharmacy. She slipped on a gooey substance and injured her knee. She retained a Bronx law firm – Krieger and Wilansky – to represent her. They brought us in to try the case. On the eve of trial, the client asked us to settle the case and we did much to her pleasure.
In late June 2011, a mother went to pick her daughter up from a charter school in the Bronx. While walking down an interior stairway, she slipped on a small puddle of water, fell down several steps and injured her ankle. A trip to the emergency room at Lincoln Hospital revealed she suffered a fractured ankle (lateral malleolus). The woman asked me to represent her in an effort to collect compensation for her injuries. After conducting an investigation of her case and negotiating with the insurance company for the charter school, we reached a settlement. In just over four months from the date the woman retained me, we settled her case, making for a very pleased client.
Last July, a Long Island woman and her husband travelled to Manhattan to take in a Broadway show. She expected to come home with some pleasant memories; instead, she came home with a broken finger. In September, the woman contacted me to see if I could help her get some compensation for her injury. There’s good news all around on this case: the woman’s finger healed quickly, fully and without complications and we were able to resolve the case and get the woman a satisfactory settlement in four months.
I often hear from potential clients who ask if their case is large enough for me to take. Others wonder if I will devote enough attention to their case if it will not return a large award. I make a… Read More ›
I recently negotiated a $350,000 settlement for a woman who sued her landlord over injuries she suffered in an accident in her apartment building. We argued that the landlord’s negligence caused her to slip and fall on a stairway and fracture her ankle. This woman will finally receive the compensation for the injustice done her. The money will enable her to relocate to with her sons and provide a better life for her family.
Let me share with you the facts of this slip and fall case and the process that led to the $350,000 settlement.
Stairway falls remain a leading cause of non-intentional injuries. The simple act of walking up and down a stairs, which each of us do thousands of times a year, can turn dangerous, even deadly, if we do not use adequate caution. Property owners, building managers and landlords can create dangerous situations when they have stairways that do not conform to safety standards or they fail to maintain their stairways.
As a personal injury attorney who has helped many clients injured in stairway accidents, I am well aware of the risks involved and the consequences. Property owners can take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their stairways. When property owners act negligently and that negligence causes harm to a person, I want to help that person receive what they are owed from the property owner.