Settlement for Fall at Rockefeller Center

July 18, 2012

We obtained a $90,000 settlement for a client who fell at Rockefeller Center.

The client slipped on steps at the skating rink.  She sustained a fractured ankle. 

It had just rained, and the granite steps were unduly slippery due to the combination of rain and the treads’ wear over the years.  Our expert opined that this combination made the steps unreasonably slippery as evidenced by his slip resistance meter.

We were able to settle the case despite the fact that the client did not hold onto an available handrail.  Also, she was wearing flip-flops.  Furthermore, Rockefeller Center’s expert opined that the steps were safe.  The stairs met the building code when built in the 1930’s, and that the steps were not unduly slippery based on his own slip resistance readings.

We have had a number of cases at Rockefeller Center including falls in front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza (behind the statue in the skating rink), a restaurant in the basement, and service driveways.

If you have been injured in an accident at Rockefeller Center, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation at 800-581-1434 or write to letters@seitelman.com.

PRIOR CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE A SIMILAR OUTCOME.


Getting a Recovery for Your Injuries When Vacationing in New York

April 2, 2010

We are contacted often by out-of-town visitors who have been injured while visiting New York for either their vacation or business.

    

It is unfortunate to get injured during a vacation or business trip.  We can help you either while you are still in New York or after you have returned home.   

Here are some cases:

  • Rockefeller Center trips and falls.  A client from Maine tripped due to a defective sidewalk in Rockefeller Plaza.  This is similar to a prior case involving a California client and which is discussed here.  This Maine client suffered a fractured ankle.  In another case, a client from Philadelphia fractured her ankle while descending the steps next to the ice skating rink.
  • Hotel Pennsylvania mirror accident.  A large mirror fell on the client in her guest room.  The client sustained neck injuries.
  • Waldorf Astoria Hotel slip and fall.  The client fell due to a leaking ice machine.   The client received low spine injuries.
  • New York City sidewalk defect.   A visitor from Australia fell on a public sidewalk due to construction.  This client fractured her jaw, and she underwent surgery (open reduction with internal fixation).
  • Horse and carriage accident in Central Park.  A British family was tossed out of a carriage when it overturned.

As with any accident case, it is crucial to do the investigation early.  In the case of the Australian who fell on a sidewalk, she contacted us the day after her surgery.  She was able to take us to the site so that we could photograph it.  This was done the day before she was to leave New York.

This is the optimal situation.  However, we have been able to conduct the investigation when the client returns home.  For example, in the Rockefeller Center cases, we took a series of photographs which we e-mailed to the client so that we could pinpoint the accident site.

If you have been injured in an accident while visiting New York, please feel free to call me at 800-581-1434 for a free consultation or write to letters@seitelman.com.

Mark E. Seitelman, 4/2/10, www.seitelman.com.


Getting a Recovery against Rockefeller Center; $100,000 Settlement for the “Hidden” Curb

August 1, 2009

We settled a case for $100,000 where the client tripped on a “hidden” curb within Rockefeller Center.  The client sustained a fractured arm.

The client, a tourist from California, tripped on a curb in front of the GE Building which is pictured above.  She was leaving the retail store in the right corner and was crossing the street to meet her boyfriend. 

The street in front of the building is a private street closed to traffic.  Rockefeller Center paved the roadway and curb in similar, decorative stone.  In comparison, typical city sidewalks are grey concrete, and the roadway is black asphalt.  This provides a “visual cue” to the pedestrian that she should be ready to step-down from the curb to the road.   Furthermore, there are benches and planters in the roadway;  motor vehicles were banned, and this was a pedestrian only zone.   The arrangement gave the illusion that there was no roadway and that the front of the building was one plaza connecting to the back of the skating rink.   

There had been other, similar falls.  After our client’s accident Rockefeller Center placed yellow hazard tape on the curb’s edge at regular intervals.

It is interesting to note that there was nothing wrong with the roadway and curb based on the building codes.  The curb and roadway were in excellent condition.  However, the key to the case was that the construction and design did not provide a “visual cue” to the pedestrian she was approaching a curb.

The case was settled at a private mediation by associate Michael Goldfarb.

If you have been injured by a trip and fall on a sidewalk or any other type of accident, please call us at 800-581-1434 or write to us at letters@seitelman.com.

Prior case results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Mark E. Seitelman, 8/1/09, www.seitelman.com.


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