Brooklyn Woman Trips on Tree Stump and Receives Six-Figure Settlement

Our client was a 50-year-old school aide who tripped and fell in Brooklyn on a tree stump in front of an apartment building.  She broke several bones in her hand, which required surgery. She also suffered nerve damage and was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). The lawyers for the city claimed that the owner of the apartment building was responsible for the tree stump, but the building owner claimed the city had cut the tree down a year earlier and knew the stump was still there. This case was settled before the trial for a six-figure dollar amount, which the client was very satisfied with.One of the reasons we were able to get a very good settlement was because we were able to obtain documentary evidence that the city had not only cut the tree down but had requested that their workers remove the stump a year earlier. The evidence made the case much stronger.

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