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.
A busy professional was walking in Manhattan when he tripped and fell over an uneven sidewalk. The fall broke the man’s ankle. The man wanted help collecting compensation for his injury and he wanted a firm on which he could rely to get the job done quickly and effectively. He called the Schlitt Law Firm to have Carol L. Schlitt represent him. In fewer than five months, we were able to develop the case, collect the man’s medical records, make a proposal to the defendant’s insurance company and reach a settlement that gave good value to our client. He’s very pleased with the outcome.
An elderly Queens woman entered a Rockaway supermarket to do her grocery shopping when she fell over some stray milk crates left in an aisle cutting open her leg and needing stiches. She wanted a personal injury lawyer to help her seek reimbursement from the grocery store and she asked the Schlitt Law Firm to represent her. We investigated the incident and analyzed her medical records. After extensive negotiations with the insurance company for the grocery store, we were able to reach a settlement that brought good value on the case and met our client’s approval.
A retiree who attends at a Manhattan church tripped over some unkempt wires and injured her foot at the church. The incident tore two ligaments in her ankle that ultimately required surgery and extensive physical therapy. She wanted help collecting compensation for her injury, but she knew the matter required a delicate touch since it involved her church. She called the Schlitt Law Firm to have Carol L. Schlitt represent her. We worked with the woman for over a year as she sought treatment for her injuries and we developed her case. We made a comprehensive Settlement Proposal to the church’s insurance company and reached a rapid and favorable settlement for our client worth $100,000.
What happens when a property owner fails to maintain his sidewalk in Brooklyn? In this case, the property owner left behind a cement and metal outcropping that once supported an awning. The pile of cement and metal tripped a woman doing her grocery shopping leaving her with a sprained wrist and ankle. She called on Carol L. Schlitt and the Schlitt Law Firm for help. The woman’s injuries were not severe, but we work hard to maximize the compensation our clients receive regardless of their injuries. We just finalized a settlement that delivers $20,000 to our client, making for a very happy woman in Brooklyn. She said, “I’m going to tell anyone I know who needs a lawyer to call Carol.”
And there’s an important post-script to this case. The claim and lawsuit inspired the property owner to have workers repair the sidewalk so no one else would trip over the defect. Our client told us, “I’m so glad that because of what we did, no one else will be injured by the mess they left.”
A Brooklyn woman’s visit to the local grocery store ended badly when she tripped on the way out of the store and fell off a ramp injuring her ankle. She called the Schlitt Law Firm to have Carol L. Schlitt help her collect compensation for her injuries. We immediately offered our assistance so the client could focus on getting better while we took care of the insurance and legal issues. After a rigorous investigation and development of her case, we reached a good settlement that exceeded expectations.
Since the earliest days of its history, the sidewalks were the responsibility of the New York City government, but all that changed in 2003. That’s when a new law took effect that makes real property owners responsible for the sidewalks. Section 19-152 of New York City’s Administrative Code makes property owners responsible for installing, repairing and maintaining sidewalks adjoining their properties. Let’s look at what this means for property owners and people who might be injured due to poorly designed or maintained sidewalks.
With the spring thaw, many homeowners will face upheavals and cracks in the sidewalks in front of their homes. The responsibility for fixing those sidewalks varies on Long Island depending where you live. In some cases, the homeowner is responsible for the sidewalk; in other cases, the town has responsibility. (See the chart below)
Why does this matter? Responsibility for the sidewalk can carry significant costs. Consider these three issues that homeowners must address if their town holds them responsible for damaged sidewalks:
A student was walking in midtown Manhattan when he tripped over the rotting wood at the base of a construction scaffold. The fall sent the man tumbling into the street, dazed and injured. An ambulance took him to Bellevue Hospital where he began what was to be a months long recovery process. The man retained our firm to help him recover damages for the injuries he suffered. We investigated the incident and developed a strong case to prove the liability of the scaffold company and we worked with our client to help him receive the medical treatment he needed. We were able to overcome the resistance of the insurance company to settle the case and achieved a settlement that enabled our client to avoid the long wait for a trial.
New York Personal Injury Lawyer Announces Settlement with the City of New York for Trip and Fall in Manhattan
A Bronx woman visiting her mother in Manhattan tripped and fell on a hole in the hallway floor and injured her ankle. The building was owned and managed by New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The woman hired our firm to represent in her in a negligence case against the City of New York. After investigating the trip and fall incident and developing the case, we presented a Settlement Proposal to the City. The City recognized the strength of our liability case and the value of the injuries and agreed to settle before we had to file suit. Our client grinned ear to ear when she learned the news, thrilled with both the speed of the settlement and the amount of money she will receive.