A Bronx, NY jury recently awarded more than $4 million to a laborer who slipped and fell on ice on a construction site. Plaintiff Hassan Shabazz, a 37 year-old male at the time of the December 2002 incident, claimed that the site’s tenant, the site’s owner and the project’s contractors failed to adequately clear a sidewalk.
He ultimately underwent a knee replacement surgery as a result of the fall, and an additional surgery may be necessary. Shabazz also contended that he cannot resume physical labor and that his sedentary work options are limited. The defendants argued that Shabazz’s injuries were the result of degenerative conditions. The Bronx jury awarded damages in the amount of $4,175,341.28.