Bronx Landlord Agrees to Pay Tenant $70,000 for Shoulder Injury

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A Bronx landlord agreed to pay $70,000 to his tenant for a shoulder injury resulting from an accident in her aprtment caused by the landlord's failure to repair and maintain the building.

A Bronx landlord agreed to pay $70,000 to his tenant, Carmen Espinal, for a shoulder injury resulting from an accident in her apartment caused by the landlord’s failure to repair and maintain the building. “What he did wasn’t right and it caused my injury. Now he has to pay,” said Ms. Espinal.

Ms. Espinal repeatedly complained about a water leak in her one bedroom apartment in the South Bronx. Her landlord, 500 Trinity Associates, made only half-hearted efforts to repair the problem or ignored her altogether. On January 31, 2000, Ms. Espinal entered her bathroom to clean the shower curtain. When stepping from the tub, her foot crashed through the water damaged floor and she fell to the floor. In the accident, she tore a ligament in her shoulder requiring outpatient surgery and rehab work.

Attorney Carol L. Schlitt, the trial lawyer for Ms. Espinal, said, “Landlords have the obligation to keep their buildings in a reasonably safe condition. In this case, the landlord failed to do so despite repeated requests from my client.” Ms. Schlitt built the case around evidence of the accident and the medical report on Ms. Espinal’s injury. Attorney Schlitt, who has won many cases on behalf of tenants, said, “It would have been far less expensive for this landlord to simply pay for the repair work and avoid both the damages suffered by my client and the significant financial penalty. This case sends a warning to all landlords: they need to heed the complaints of their tenants and maintain their buildings.”

Ms. Espinal had retained the firm of the Law Offices of Neil Siskind of the Bronx, New York, who in turn hired Carol L. Schlitt to serve as trial counsel. Ms. Schlitt negotiated the settlement.

About the Law Offices of Carol L. Schlitt

The Law Offices of Carol L. Schlitt specialize in personal injury law and accepts cases throughout New York City and Long Island. Recognized as one of the premier trial attorneys in the New York metropolitan area, Ms. Schlitt has achieved one of the top 10 verdicts in New York City and is a past winner of the New York City Municipal Attorney of the Year Award. For more information, please visit, call 1-800-660-1466 or e-mail

About The Law Offices of Neil Siskind:

Neil Siskind is one of the most respected personal injury attorneys in the New York Metropolitan area. He has his main offices at 242 East Gun Hill Road in the Bronx. For more information, please call 718-881-4878.

For more information on this release, contact Ms. Schlitt at 1-800-660-1466 or

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