Case Spotlight: Vietnam Veteran Injured in Elevator Accident- Receives Big Settlement Award
Summary: Our client, a Vietnam veteran, was a Nassau County resident in his 60s working for a moving company. On the date of the accident, the client along with several co-workers was using a freight elevator to move old archives from a storage facility in the Bronx. The client was injured when the elevator dropped two floors hitting the basement after exceeding weight capacity. Even though the owner of the building had an employee operating the elevator at no time did the elevator operator inform our client that the boxes exceeded the weight limit. We were able to prove through our elevator engineer expert that the excessive weight was a direct cause of the accident.
Injuries: The client was riddled with multiple injuries including fusion of the back in which several rods were inserted; arthroscopic surgery of the knee and torn rotator cuff of the right shoulder. As a result of the serious nature of the injuries the client could not return to work.
Settlement: Matter settled in mediation for $2.1 million