$450,000 Settlement : No Cones While Mopping

Janitorial service companies must require their janitors prominently place cones outside bathroom doors when they choose to mop floors in the middle of the day.   When janitors are not provided with cones and they mop tile bathroom floors, they have created a trap for unsuspecting people simply waling in to use the bathroom. That is exactly what happened at an office building located at 830 Third Avenue in New York City. When our client walked into the bathroom at work, there were no cones or warnings that the bathroom floor had just been mopped. On her second step into the bathroom, her foot slipped out, causing her to fall on her side. The fall resulted in her breaking her upper arm and she needed surgery. Initially, she hired a New York City personal injury law firm who seemed to be dragging their feet, so she hired Finkelstein & Partners to take over the case. Once we did, we started the lawsuit in Manhattan against the janitorial service company right away. After deposing the janitor who had just mopped the floor that day and learning he was not provided with the cones necessary to warn people, the insurance company asked to mediate the case. Ultimately the case settled at a mediation for $450,000. Managing Attorney David Gross and Trial Attorney Sharon Scanlon handled the case.

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In furtherance of our firm’s culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

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This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP