$3.4 million for responder who died of opioid overdose
Our office recently obtained a $3.4 million settlement on behalf of the family of an emergency worker who suffered debilitating back and neck injuries in an accident, ultimately leading to his tragic death from opioid pain medication. Like so many others living with chronic pain, he became dependent on OxyContin, and he died of an overdose of pain killers.
Long overdue attention is finally being paid to the national opioid epidemic. This affliction extends to the first responder community where firefighters are especially at risk for dependency because there is such a high rate of injury in the profession.
Help is available. We urge anyone in the FDNY community who may be suffering opioid dependency to reach out the FDNY Counseling Unit at 212-570-1693.
$8.5 Million Settlement for Burn Victim
We recently obtained an $8.5 million dollar settlement for our client who was terribly burned in a fire that began because of a faulty electrical system. A native of Ireland, the client was here to visit family, and was staying at his brother’s apartment. The fire broke out in the middle of the night. Our client suffered third degree burns to 75 percent of his body.
The building had been plagued with electrical problems, and had an outdated electrical system that sorely needed replacement. Tenants had complained of discolored and hot outlets, dimming lights, and tripped breakers.
Our client was in a prolonged induced coma during which time he underwent numerous grafting procedures that saved his life. Although he is badly scarred and has daily pain and other problems, he has worked hard to regain function and rebuild his life. He is a testament to the human spirit, and we are honored to have represented him.