Case Study: NYC Sidewalk Slip and Fall

Did you know there are actually cases where the defendant is an entire city? These cases happen when certain situations point towards a city as the one responsible for the damages that happen to the plaintiff. Good examples are services that the city should provide their citizens that, when improperly maintained, can cause injury to their constituents.

In the case of one of our clients, the Orlow Firm was approached by a bus matron who suffered an injury after falling on a sidewalk on her way to a parking space with the buses under her care. It was still dark out, so she was not able to see if anything was amiss. She was not able to notice that part of the sidewalk was in fact not properly fixed.

The Orlow Firm initially wanted to file a case against the Long Island Railroad and the City of the New York as the sidewalk was found to be very close to Long Island Railroad property. However, it was revealed that the City in fact owned the sidewalk as part of its projects.

It was then proved that the City of New York was in fact aware of the defective sidewalk and had an independent contractor repair it. Unfortunately, the contractor was not able to repair all of the sidewalk, and thus the particular section caused injury to the matron.
In the end, our lawyers were able to agree on a settlement of $200,000, which proved enough to help treat the injuries of our client, and helped her go back to work in a few weeks.

We at the Orlow Firm ensure clients that they are regularly updated with the happening surrounding their cases. We strive to provide the best services for our clients, including the proper explanation of the various circumstances surrounding their cases and the possible directions they could take in order to resolve these cases properly.

Potential clients who want to know certain aspects of a future case can contact The Orlow Firm and its New York Office. We can provide free consultation regarding all kinds of cases, and may refer you to one of our lawyers for assistance.