Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP Recovers $2,250,000 for Window Washer Injured After Fall from Manhattan Building

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Window Washer Injured After Fall From Manhattan Building Recovers $2,250,000

The construction accident lawyers Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP are pleased to announce a $2,250,000 settlement on behalf of a window washer who suffered multiple fractures after falling from the second story exterior of a Manhattan building. The personal injury lawsuit was settled on April 18, 2013 by firm Partners David L. Scher and Stephen J. Murphy, shortly before the scheduled trial that would have proceeded in New York Supreme Court, Kings County under Index Number 5230/2010.

            The incident occurred on June 6, 2010, while Plaintiff was washing the 2nd floor exterior windows of an office building located at 30 West 26th Street in Manhattan. Plaintiff fell 15-20 feet to the ground when the bolt securing him to the building suddenly pulled out of the exterior wall. These facts were established by Plaintiff's December 22, 2010 deposition testimony, the sworn Affidavit of Plaintiff's helper, as well as and the incident report prepared by the Defendant building's property manager. In a summary judgment motion filed with the Court that sought to dismiss Plaintiff's case, Defendants argued that Plaintiff had been instructed by his boss prior to the accident to avoid using the bolts.

            Plaintiff, who was a 60 year old Brooklyn resident, suffered multiple fractures to his left arm, pelvis and hip in the fall. Plaintiff underwent two open reduction / internal fixation surgeries in the days following the accident at Bellevue Hospital, one to his left arm and one to his left hip. Plaintiff also underwent several irrigation and debridement procedures to clean the wound to his left arm. These injuries were revealed in the Bellevue Hospital records. Defendants, through the reports of their expert medical witnesses, contended that Plaintiff had made an excellent recovery before the time of settlement.

            Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP is a New York personal injury law firm dedicated to representing those seriously injured in accidents of all types, and has a special expertise in representing injured construction workers, including those workers hurt in falls, ladder accidents, scaffold accidents, crane accidents or by falling objects or defective equipment. The well established construction accident lawyers, through multi million dollar verdicts and settlements, have resolved a total of well over $500 Million dollars on their clients' behalf, and welcome both direct cases and referrals from other attorneys. Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP also fights for workers' rights outside the Courtroom, by playing a significant role in The New York State Trial Lawyers Association's ("NYSTLA") Labor Law Committee, which is devoted to maintaining the laws that protect the safety of New York's construction workers. Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP can be reached at (212) 736-5300 for a free consultation, and the firm's website is at

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