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Todd J. Strier has been named to the 2012 New York Super Lawyers list

Appellate Division dismisses Sanitation Worker's Claim Against Homeowner for placing glass into Trash Bag - Court determined It was an inherent hazard of the job

New NYS Law Increases Protection For Sanitation Workers in New York
A new NYS law makes it a felony to assault a NYC sanitation worker.
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Sanitation Worker Struck by SUV and Seriously Injured
This news story from Pittsburgh, PA highlights one of the many hazards faced by sanitation workers.

Todd J. Strier Named Man of the Year: The NYC Sanitation Retirees Association will honor attorney Todd J. Strier at their annual Dinner Dance in April. Dinner Journal | Event Information >

NYC putting more Sanitation workers on streets
NYC's Sanitation Dept. says it will put more workers on the streets by reassigning supervisors and adding 100 new hires...

Garbage Truck Runs Over Sanitation Worker
This news story from Jessamine County, KY highlights one of the hazards faced by sanitation workers.

Injury Statistics in the United States
The National Center for Health Statistics NCHS considers injuries to be a serious health problem in the US.

The Cost of Injuries in the United States
The CDC is interested in preventing future injuries by studying the most common types of injuries as well as the causes of these injuries

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RECENT SUCCESS STORIES

Man nearly dragged to death by subway awarded $19 Million

A Bronx man who was nearly dragged to his death when his foot got caught between a subway car and the platform has been awarded $19 million from the MTA by a Manhattan jury. The man required eight surgeries to repair his right foot after a fellow passenger jostled him as he attempted to disembark the D train at W. 145th Street in July 2011, and his foot became caught. Read Article in NY Post >

Sanitation Worker's Foot Run Over By Partner While Doing Baskets
A Manhattan sanman was doing baskets when his partner failed to make sure he was away from the truck before pulling forward. As a result, the front tire rolled over his foot causing him to undergo 11 surgeries. We helped him win his 3/4 accident disability pension and his lawsuit against the City was settled for $3,000,000.

Sanitation Worker Tries To Stop Runaway Light Pack
A GU from the Bronx was assisting sanitation workers in moving a light pack down a ramp when they lost control of it, didn't warn our client, who then tried to stop the light pack from crashing into an awaiting truck. He severely injured his shoulder and had 3 surgeries. He never returned to work, won his 3/4 pension and his lawsuit against the City was settled for $1,500,000.

Sanitation Worker Trips In Broken Sewer While Assisting His Partner Back Up His Truck
A sanitation worker in Kings was helping his partner back his truck out of the garage when he stepped into a broken sewer. It was widely known in the garage that trucks had continually run over the sewer but the City failed to fix the problem. He eventually had two knee surgeries and two knee replacements. He never returned to work, won his 3/4 disability pension and we settled the case against the City for $1,500,000.

Sanitation Worker Was Behind Truck When An Impatient Motorist Struck Him While Trying To Pass (you've heard this before!)
Our client was behind the truck when a motorist didn't feel like waiting and struck him as he tried to go around the collection truck. Our client injured his lower back and returned to work approximately 5 months later with no major problems. We settled his case against the car's carrier for $67,500. A great settlement!

Sanitation Police Officer Sitting In His Vehicle Was Struck In Rear By Private Motorist
Sanitation police officer was in his car, stopped, when he was struck in the rear by a private motorist. Our client had serious back injuries requiring surgery. He never returned to work and his pension application is pending. The problem is the offending car only had $25,000 in insurance (which was offered). This is a sad case in which our client did nothing wrong and didn't get the compensation he deserved. Lesson learned: Everyone should have ample "supplemental uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage" with their own vehicles.

Sanitation Worker Gets $1,500,000 After Hit By Light Tower
GU from the Bronx was assisting in the PM of a light tower by moving it down a ramp in a Bronx garage when co-workers accidentally lost control. Our client attempted to avoid being hit and resulted in a serious shoulder injury with multiple surgeries. He also applied for and is receiving his 3/4 pension. We settled the case on the eve of trial for 1.5 million, a great result for a great client.

Sanitation Worker Gets $5,250,000 After Fork Lift Runs Over Ankle
37 year old Sanitation Worker was plowing up a truck when a co-worker negligently drove a forklift over his ankle. He sustained a fractured ankle which required 2 surgeries as well developing post-operative complications. As a result, he never returned to work and was awarded a 3/4 tax free accident disability pension. Our office brought a lawsuit against the City of New York for the forklift driver's negligence. After winning summary judgment on liability, we participated in a two week long damage trial for his pain and suffering and lost earnings. The City of New York settled the matter, immediately before jury deliberations, for $5,250,000.00.

FDNY EMT falls into hole in boardwalk injuring knee wins 3/4 pension!
While responding to a call in Brighton Beach, NY, our client was walking on the wooden boardwalk which suddenly collapsed under him causing him to suffer a knee injury. He underwent 3 operations and was never able to return to full duty despite aggressive physical therapy. After learning that he would be unable to re-certify, he hired our firm to represent him. After appearing before the medical board at NYCERS, he was granted his disability pension.

SANITATION WORKER GETS $750,000 FOR PARTIAL AMPUTATED FINGER
A Sanitation Worker was loading recycling into the rear of his truck and began to cycle the hopper when a piece of wood with nails had suddently broke, grabbed his hand and started to pull him into the hopper. Luckily, the hopper blade was stopped before he was crushed. However, his pinky finger was crushed and needed to be amputated. In addition, his ring finger sustained a crush injury requiring surgery. As a result of the injuries, he was forced to retire early and was successful with our help in obtaining an accident disability pension with NYCERS. The case settled before trial for $750,000.00.

SANITATION WORKER INJURES SHOULDER USING BRUSH MOWER, GETS ¾ PENSION
Sanitation Worker assigned to Staten Island Lot Cleaning was using a brush mower when it unexpectantly toppled over due to a broken curb. He tore his shoulder and needed surgery, never returning to work. As a result, our office successfully represented him before NYCERS and obtained a ¾ tax free disability Pension. In addition, we have brought a lawsuit against the City of NY and property owner for having a defective and dangerous curb.

Sanitation worker gets $1,500,000 after truck runs over his foot.
Sanitation worker, Frankie Langley, was severly injured when he exited his truck during a typical collection route. Before he had a chance to step away from the truck, the driver pulled forward running over his foot. He never returned to work, had several surgeries and retired on an Accidental Disability pension from NYCERS. Our office successfully settled the claim against the City of New York for $1,500,000.00.

Sanitation worker gets ¾ accidental disability pension after truck accident.
Our client was a passenger in a sanitation truck doing a relay in Nassau County. A private motorist lost control of her car and struck the sanitation truck causing injuries to our client. He sustained a serious neck injury which required a surgery involving a fusion. He was never able to return to work full duty. Our office represented him before NYCERS and we successfully won his ¾ Accidental Disability tax-free pension.

Sanitation Worker WINS $5.1 MILLION For Slip and fall in Garage.
Sanitation worker slipped and fell on grease due to a downed truck at the Brooklyn South 10 garage. As a result, he sustained a knee injury which eventually required replacement. He never returned to work. The City of New York offered $500,000 to settle, however, a trial was conducted and the jury awarded $5.1 million dollars.

Fall Through Floor, Jury Awards $3.8 Million.
Sanitation Worker, Louis Caiazzo, fell through a rotted floor injuring his knee, lower back and groin, which required surgery. Because the City of New York had received prior written notice of the rotted floor, a jury awarded $3,850,000 for pain and suffering and lost pay.

Sanitation Worker Gets $1,000,000 for Slip and Fall in Garage Shower.
Sanitation worker, Frank Merola, slipped and fell in the shower room changing area at Manhattan 8 garage due to water that didn't drain properly. As a result, he injured his lower back which required surgery. He never returned to work. Our office successfully negotiated a $1,000,000 settlement.

NYC Sanitation Worker falls in hole, fractures hip, gets $1,000,000.
A Sanitation Worker was walking in the parking lot outside his garage at 2:00 a.m. when he fell into an unguarded hole. The lights were not working and the hole had been an ongoing problem that the City never fixed. As a result, Paul fractured his hip and ended up having a hip replacement. He never returned to work and was forced to retire early. The matter settled after jury selection for $1,000,000. My office was successful in helping him obtain an Accident Disability Pension from NYCERS.

Sanitation Worker Gets $475,000.00 for Slip and Fall in Garage Lunch Room due to Leaking Refrigerator
Sanitation Worker, Jack Shands, was caused to slip and fall on water that had leaked from a lunch room refrigerator that was not maintained by the City of NY. As result, he injured his shoulder, had surgery and elected to retire early. Mr. Shands was also awarded an accident disability pension from NYCERS as a result of his slip and fall. Our office successfully negotiated a $475,000.00 settlement the day before trial was to begin.

NYC Paramedic Injures knee while lifting patient
While responding to a 911 call, a paramedic injured his knee while placing a patient in a stair chair into the back of his ambulance. The paramedic felt a snapping sensation in his knee and learned that he had ligament damage. After two surgeries, his knee never recovered 100% and was forced to apply for a pension. Our office represented him and we were successful in getting his ¾ tax free disability pension.

Appellate Division Upholds $2.6 million settlement for Sanitation Worker
The Appellate Division recently upheld a $2.6 million dollar award to a Sanitation Worker who sustained a serious knee injury when he slipped and fell in Sanitation Brooklyn South 10 garage. The City of New York lawyers tried to appeal the decision but the Appellate Division agreed with our arguments and allowed the award to remain.

Jury Awards $9.3 Million for Foot Crushed by Sanitation Truck
During a routine collection, Sanitation Worker Joseph Spoto sustained a catastrophic foot injury after a departmental truck rolled over his foot,requiring ten operations. The City had prior knowledge that this truck had mechanical problems. As a result, a jury awarded our client $9,323,652 for pain and suffering and lost pay.

Fall Through Floor, Jury Awards $3.8 Million
Sanitation Worker, Louis Caiazzo, fell through a rotted floor injuring his knee, lower back and groin, which required surgery. Because the City of New York had received prior written notice of the rotted floor, a jury awarded $3,850,000 for pain and suffering and lost pay.

Sanitation Worker Gets $1,000,000 for Slip and Fall in Garage Shower
Sanitation worker, Frank Merola, slipped and fell in the shower room changing area at Manhattan 8 garage due to water that didn't drain properly. As a result, he injured his lower back which required surgery. He never returned to work. Our office successfully negotiated a $1,000,000 settlement.

SANITATION WORKER trips and falls on broken sidewalk, fractured hip receives $175,000.00
At a lunch break on Staten Island, our client stepped out of his truck directly onto a broken sidewalk causing him to trip and fall fracturing his hip which already had severe degeneration. As a result, he couldn't return to work. Our office successfully settled his case against the landowners responsible for the maintenance of the sidewalk. Our firm was also helpful in getting the sanitation worker his ¾ accident disability pension.

Sanitation worker slipped on mirror - wins ¾ disability pension
While performing routine collection, sanitation worker Charles McKoy slipped on a mirror and injured his back. He never returned to work. Our office successfully filed and obtained his accidental ¾ disability pension as a result of his Line of Duty Injury.

Sanitation Worker Gets ¾ Accident Disability After Ring Finger Partially Amputated
Sanitation Worker, Kevin Kelly, was loading refuse in the back of his assigned vehicle when a piece of wood with nails caught his hand and dragged him into the vehicle. Following a major surgery and a long rehabilitation, he never regained the strength or range of motion in the hand to resume full duty. Our office was successful in helping Mr. Kelly obtain his ¾ accident disability pension.

Sanitation worker tripped and fell exiting truck - wins ¾ disability pension
As sanitation worker, Lewis Kraus, was exiting his truck to help his partner during a routine collection stop when he tripped and fell on cement left in the roadway. He injured his shoulder, had surgery and never returned to work. Our office successfully filed and obtained his accident ¾ disability was granted.

Sanitation Worker wins right to sue City of New York
Sanitation worker, Christian Coppola, was riding the back step of his sanitation collection truck when the truck hit a pothole and caused him to fall off the back. He sustained head injuries including a fractured skull. Unfortunately, he didn't file a Notice of Claim with the City of New York within 90 days, as required by the law. Our office commenced a special proceeding in Supreme Court and won his right to sue for injuries he sustained.

Sanitation Superintendent wins ¾ Disability Pension
Superintendent, Kevin Howard, was involved in a line of duty motor vehicle accident which resulted in a knee injury. Our office was successful in obtaining an accident disability three-quarter pension benefit.

Sanitation Worker struck in head by roll-off container door
Lost limited time from work, sustained laceration with stitches and received $30,000 settlement.

Sanitation Worker, Donald Gossett, injured wrist when trash can handle broke. Awarded ¾ accident disability pension.

Sanitation Worker, Donald Todd, sustained major foot injury after being run over by private motorist.
Awarded ¾ accident disability pension.

Sanitation Worker, Troy Jackson, sustained finger laceration while assembling a snow plow.
Lost approximately 3 months and received $25,000 settlement.

Sanitation worker, Matthew Piccione, fell off Ezpack ladder injuring his heel requiring surgery.
He was awarded a ¾ accident disability pension.

$4,400 in NO-FAULT benefits (lost overtime, chart and Sunday pay) Awarded to Sanitation Worker for motor vehicle accident.

Fall Down Staircase, Settled for $500,000
Sanitation Worker, John O'Day, was injured when he fell descending a staircase at Fresh Kills Land Fill. He suffered lower back injuries, requiring surgery and forcing early retirement. This case was successfully settled for $500,000.

Slip and Fall Due to Leaking Oil, Settled for $350,000
Sanitation Worker, Daniel Guglielmo, slipped and fell at Fresh Kills Land Fill on grease from a crane. As a result, he suffered a fractured wrist, which required surgery. We successfully settled his case before trial for $350,000.

Sanitation Worker gets $200,000 for seven months out of work
Sanitation worker, William Yellen, severely injured his foot on the scale at the Marine Transfer Station entrance. He needed multiple surgeries and missed seven months from work. Our firm was successful in settling his lawsuit, before trial, for $200,000.

Sanitation Supervisor gets $250,000 for back injury while driving department vehicle.
While performing a routine patrol of his assigned sanitation vehicles, this Supervisor was cut off by a 72 year old woman sustaining back injuries. He never returned to work and was forced to take is 20 year pension. We successfully negotiated a settlement for the full policy maintained by the woman's insurance carrier.

Sanitation Worker, Annalee Feliciano, gets $90,000 for a slip and fall at Bronx 6.
Sanitation worker, Annalee Feliciano, was walking within Bronx 6 when she was caused to slip and fall on ice due a leaking sprinkler pipe. As a result, she sustained a wrist injury, had surgery and fortunately returned to work after approximately 5 months. Although she received her base pay, she did loose overtime. We successfully negotiated her settlement of $90,000 or approximately $18,000 for each month she lost.

Trip and Fall in Sanitation Parking Lot, Settled for $160,000
While walking in a parking lot, a Sanitation Worker tripped and fell injuring his right knee. He underwent arthroscopic surgery and retired early. This case was successfully settled for $160,000.

NYC Correction Officer with Multiple Line-of-Duty Injuries
Our client sustained multiple knee injuries, due to several line-of-duty injuries. Based upon his doctor's recommendation, he will need total knee replacement surgery. Because of this, NYCERS granted him a three-quarter, tax-free disability pension.

NYC Probation Officer Involved in Line-of-Duty Car Accident
While on duty, an officer's vehicle was struck in the rear by a privately owned automobile. Our client suffered neck and back injuries, which prevented him from performing his routine duties. As a result, NYCERS granted him a one-third disability pension.

NYC Paramedic Injures Back During Routine Call
While responding to a 911 call, a paramedic injured his lower back carrying a patient down a staircase. As a result, our client suffered severe back injuries, requiring surgery. Based on this, NYCERS granted him a three-quarter, tax-free disability pension.

FDNY EMT Wins ¾ Pension Due to 9/11 Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Our client was assigned to work at Ground Zero in the days proceeding 9/11. Her responsibilities included an assignment at the on-site morgue where one of her grisly tasks included sorting body parts. As a result, she suffered severe traumatic and permanent psychological injuries. Our office successfully represented her before NYCERS in which she was granted a ¾ accident disability pension based upon her post-traumatic stress disorder

BICYCLIST STRUCK BY MOTOR VEHICLE, Settled For $500,000
Our client was riding his bicycle to a Queens Park when a driver exited a parking spot striking our client. He sustained traumatic spinal injuries which necessitated surgery. We successfully settled, out of court, for the entire insurance policy of $500,000.

CONSTRUCTION WORKER GETS $925,000 AFTER DOOR DROPS ON HIS FOOT.
While working on the construction of Rikers Island in New York, our client was carrying a prison cell when it fell on his foot. Our client sustained a fractured toe and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy of the right lower extremity and was forced to retire early. We successfully settled this matter for $925,000.

FDNY - EMS LIEUTENANT GETS ¾ DISABILITY PENSION FOR HEART AILMENTS.
Our client, a lieutenant in the New York City Fire Department - EMS division, had developed severe heart ailments which led to the necessity to have stints installed. As a result, he was unable to perform his full job title and our firm was successful in assisting him in obtaining his three-quarter, tax-free, disability pension.

SANITATION SUPERVISOR GETS ¾ ACCIDENTAL DISABILITY PENSION
Our client, a New York City Sanitation Supervisor, was performing a perimeter inspection of his assigned garage when he unexpectantly tripped in a defective hole on the sidewalk causing irreversible knee damage. As a result, he had multiple knee surgeries including a knee replacement. Our office was successful in preparing the client for the NYCERS board interview which resulted in the award of a three-quarter, tax-free, accidental disability pension.

EMT AWARDED ¾ DISABILITY PENSION AFTER GURNEY FAILS TO OPEN
Our client, a New York City Fire Department EMT, was injured when he was removing a patient from the ambulance on a gurney which failed to open. As a result, our client took the full weight of the client on one arm and sustained permanent bicep injuries which required surgery. We successfully represented our client before the NYCERS medical board and obtained a ¾ tax free pension.

Other Results from Our Office:

$36 million jury verdict for man rendered paraplegic when he was struck by a subway while he was on the tracks.

$27 million jury verdict for construction worker who suffered severe brain injuries as a result of falling from a scaffold.

$23 million jury verdict for man rendered quadriplegic as a result of motorcycle accident.

$17 million settlement for the wrongful death of a businessman as a result of a hospital's medical malpractice.

$10.4 million jury verdict for construction site supervisor required to undergo numerous leg operations as a result of the collapse of a sidewalk bridge.

$9.9 million jury verdict for sanitation worker whose foot was run over by sanitation truck.

$9 million settlement for 64 year old man severely injured in automobile accident.

$9 million settlement for construction worker who suffered brain injury when thrown from a forklift.

$8.5 million settlement for woman who suffered head injury in automobile accident.

$7.9 million jury verdict for man rendered wheelchair bound as a result of surgeon's medical malpractice.

$7.25 million settlement for former corrections officer who was rendered quadriplegic as a self-inflicted gunshot wound, after having been wrongfully entrusted with a handgun despite mental illness.

$6.7 million jury verdict for man who sustained leg and hand injuries while working.

$6 million settlement for young woman who suffered brain damage during a gynecological procedure.

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