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New York Law Firm Secures $750,000 Settlement for Bronx Man Injured in Slip and Fall Accident

While jury deliberates after two-week trial, Burns & Harris obtains deal for plaintiff who suffered serious back and shoulder injuries as result of 2005 accident

New York, NY (Lexis Nexis) February 16, 2010 -- Seth Harris, partner in the New York City-based litigation firm of Burns & Harris, secured a $750,000 settlement for a Bronx resident who was badly injured while walking to work on an icy winter day in 2005.

In the case, Salvador Figueroa v. West 170th Realty, Inc. et al (Supreme Court of the State of New York, Bronx County, Index No. 18242/05), Burns & Harris filed a lawsuit against the owners of commercial property in the Bronx on which the plaintiff slipped and fell on February 4, 2005. On that winter day, Figueroa was walking from his apartment to his job when he slipped on a slushy, icy sidewalk in front of the defendant's property. He suffered broken vertebrae in his back and subsequently suffered a shoulder injury while using a cane for mobility. Figueroa, who was 44 years old at the time of the accident, has been unable to return to work as a result of his injuries.

The accident occurred roughly two weeks after a blizzard had hit the New York area, leaving behind a large volume of snow that ultimately turned to ice when it was not promptly removed. In their lawsuit, Burns & Harris claimed that the accident was the result of the property owners' negligence as they had failed to properly maintain the sidewalk by clearing the accumulated snow and ice.

In December 2009, the case went to trial in Bronx County. After a two-week trial, and while the jury was deliberating their verdict, the two sides reached a mutually acceptable settlement.

"This is an excellent outcome for our client, who now will have some financial cushion that will allow him to continue his rehabilitation until he is able to find suitable employment, given his serious injuries," said Harris, a successful trial attorney with an impressive track record of securing major verdicts and settlements for his clients. "We believe the key to obtaining this settlement was the progress we were able to make at trial with the jury as we introduced some important evidence indicating that the owners of the property should be held responsible for the negligence that was shown in maintaining the premises."

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