$8.5 Million settlement on behalf of a Staten Island sanitation worker who was injured while he was performing his duties, walking from one home to the next in Staten Island, New York, when the ground surrounding a metal plate on the sidewalk collapsed. As a result, the plaintiff’s right leg fell into a trench under the plate. The trench had been excavated by National Grid NY and Hallen Construction Co., Inc. We obtained a ruling from the Court that the defendants were negligent as a matter of law for their improper construction and maintenance of the trench and metal plate. The plaintiff claimed that he sustained serious injuries to his head, spine, left shoulder, left elbow, right knee, right ankle, and abdomen, which required ten surgeries to date. As a result of a traumatic brain injury he sustained, the plaintiff suffered from post-traumatic anxiety, depression, and cognitive disorders. He was also treated for pain management since the incident and we alleged that he will require future medication, medical treatment, home care, and medical supplies for the remainder of his life. In order to obtain the settlement, we left no stone unturned, thoroughly investigating the incident and working with the best experts to assist in establishing our claims.