We recently settled a personal injury matter for one of our clients who was seriously injured when an elevator he was riding in malfunctioned. As a result of his injuries, he was caused to miss time from work and lose earnings as a result.
The case was fiercely litigated for over four years in Kings County Supreme Court. During the course of discovery we obtained hundreds of pages of documents to demonstrate that this particular elevator had a long history of malfunctions, breakdowns and requests that it be fully modernized and upgraded. This was crucial to our clients’ case since it was our firm’s burden to prove that the owner of the premises and the elevator contractor hired to take care of the elevator were aware (or should have been aware) that this elevator was dangerous and hazardous to its passengers.
As a trial date was approaching, a mediation was scheduled in an attempt to settle this matter. Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution where the parties meet with a neutral third-party (usually a retired Judge or an attorney) in an attempt to reach a settlement. After an eight-hour mediation, we successfully obtained a $550,000.00 settlement for our client.
If you have any questions concerning any possible personal injury matters, please call our firm for a free consultation. We would be happy to speak with you.
“Recent personal injury settlement concerning an elevator accident” was written by Michael S. Mosscrop.
Michael S. Mosscrop handles and is responsible for all general civil litigation matters for the firm.
Since his admission to the New York Bar in 2004, his practice has focused on all areas of personal injury litigation, including matters involving medical and dental malpractice, wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, slip/trip and falls, construction accidents, elevator accidents, products liability, pharmaceutical negligence and various other general negligence matters. He has represented countless victims of personal injury and has trial and appellate experience throughout New York State involving all types of personal injury matters.
Michael also concentrates his practice in labor and employment litigation, including matters involving restrictive covenants (such as non-competition and non-solicitation agreements), trade secrets, confidential information, compensation, unemployment benefits, prevailing wage, workers’ compensation, harassment, discrimination and defamation.