On June 29, 2016, Alan M. Greenberg, Esq. successfully negotiated a $525,000 settlement in Westchester Supreme Court for a client who sustained injuries after tripping on a sidewalk in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

The client, a woman who was then 70 years old, was walking on a sidewalk abutting property on Farragut Avenue owned by the First Reformed Church on June 6, 2014, when she encountered a raised sidewalk flag, tripped, and fell, sustaining injuries.

Immediately after the accident, she went to Westchester Medical Center, where she was examined and diagnosed as having fractures on each side of her mandible (lower jawbone), and damage to two molar teeth. One fractured tooth was removed at the hospital. The next day, she underwent fixation of her jaw; after a week had elapsed, the fixation was removed. To address the malocclusion (misalignment of upper and lower jaws) caused by her injuries, she underwent implantation of a dental bridge.

The woman’s injuries from her fall caused her to suffer from severe pain, numbness of her head, face, and mouth, and chronic swollenness; residual effects hindered her ability to eat and drink, perform ordinary household chores, and sleep. Her injuries made it necessary for her to undergo surgery to correct the misalignment of her upper and lower jaws.

She brought a lawsuit against the owner of the property abutting the sidewalk and the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester Supreme Court, seeking compensation for past and future medical expenses; and past and future pain and suffering.

In court, her counsel, Mr. Greenberg, pointed out that a similar accident had happened at the same location approximately a year prior to the woman’s accident, making it evident that the property owner was aware of, but did not correct, the sidewalk defect that caused the woman’s fall.

A negotiated pretrial settlement of $525,000 was obtained for the client.