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$450,000 Settlement: Homeowner Accountable for Violating Simple Safety Rules
Case$450,000 Settlement: Homeowner Accountable for Violating Simple Safety Rules
AttorneysDavid Akerib, Sharon Scanlan
A Yonkers ordinance requires home owners to clear snow and ice from sidewalks in front of their house. When a home owner chose to ignore the ordinance and leave an icy sidewalk in front of their house it created a dangerous condition for everyone. At 11:45 at night our client was walking home after a long day of work. The lighting was poor and the ice couldn’t be seen. Even his work-boots couldn’t keep him from slipping and falling. As a result of the homeowner choosing to not put salt or sand down as required, our 25 year old Yonkers client broke 2 bones in his ankle. The breaks were so severe he needed multiple surgeries including the insertion of a metal rod. We held the homeowner accountable for violating the simple safety rules that would have prevented this fall. Managing Attorney David Akerib and Trial Attorney Sharon Scanlan settled the case prior to trial for $450,000.