Every once in a while, we are asked by counsel already assisting an injured client, to come in and provide further legal assistance and support. Such was the case this past week when the firm resolved a case for a man who was 64 years old working at a building inspector the NYC Housing Preservation Department. On January 16th, 2014 he was inspecting apartments in a Brooklyn walk up. He spent time going over the apartment conditions with a particular tenant. As he left the apartment and began to descend the staircase he caught his foot at the top landing on a defective edge of the step landing as well as missing landing tile.
He fell down the flight of stairs and was immediately helped by the same tenant who called 911. Sadly he suffered from a very serious shoulder surgery which resulted in him undergoing a reverse hemiarthroplasty which is a procedure where the normal ball and socket replacement is reversed and the ball is screwed into the humerus and the socket is drilled into the shoulder joint. This leaves extensive limited range of motion.
The client and his wife retained a lawyer in their neighborhood who practiced in several area. She did an excellent job working on the case in the beginning few months. The lawyer and the client then realized this matter would require more legal expertise in the field as well as a firm ready willing and able to take this matter to trial if needed.