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New York Law Firm Secures $750,000 Settlement for Bronx Man Injured in Slip and Fall Accident
Date:2/16/2010

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.

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